Moving .gnucash and friends from $HOME to XDG_DATA_HOME (and impact on other applications like KMyMoney)

Mike Alexander mta at
Wed Aug 23 17:30:48 EDT 2017

> On Aug 23, 2017, at 1:09 PM, Geert Janssens <geert.gnucash at> wrote:
> Linking has its drawbacks as well though. If I link the directory, the files 
> and subdirectories will be essentially the same. However if the user 
> misinterprets the message and removes file by file from $HOME/.gnucash instead 
> of the directory link, the files are still lost.

Hard linking of directories is not allowed by most systems so if you link the directories it would have to be a soft link.  This is good anyway since it makes it more obvious that the linking has occured (if the user knows how to look).  I’m still not sure it’s a good idea for the reasons you mention.


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