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Oracle Solaris 11.1 Desktop Administrator's Guide     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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1.  Administering the Oracle Solaris Desktop

2.  Managing User Preferences With GConf

3.  Customizing Menus

4.  Installing Themes

5.  Customizing Fonts

6.  Working With MIME Types

7.  Managing Screensavers

8.  Managing Sessions

9.  Overview of the Yelp Help Browser

10.  Improving the Performance of the Oracle Solaris Desktop System

11.  Disabling Features in the Oracle Solaris Desktop System

12.  Working With the X Window System

A.  Hidden Directories



Appendix A

Hidden Directories

This appendix describes the hidden directories that the Oracle Solaris Desktop system adds to the home directories of users.

Hidden directories are commonly used for storing user preferences or preserving the state of a utility. Hidden directory names begin with a period (.). The following table describes hidden directories that the Oracle Solaris Desktop system adds to the home directories of users.

Table A-1 Hidden Directories in User Home Directories

Contains user configuration information. The .config directory is the default location for the XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment variable if the variable is not set. User-defined menus can be created at menus/
Contains fonts specific for a particular user.
Contains the authentication cookie for the sound daemon. The sound daemon is the Enlightened Sound Daemon (ESD).

Note - This is a file, not a directory.

Contains the GConf configuration source for the user. When the user sets a preference, the new preference information is added to this location.
Contains the following GConf daemon details:
  • Configuration information

  • Lock information for objects that are referenced by an Interoperable Object Reference (IOR)

  • State information for objects that are referenced by an IOR

Contains user-specific application data that is not stored in the GConf repository. For example, this directory contains the following:
  • Keyboard shortcut information

  • Window location information

  • Desktop entry files for panel launchers

This directory can also contain subdirectories that store application-specific data.

Specifies the default location for the XDG_DATA_HOME environment variable if the value is not set. User-defined desktop entries can be created in the applications subdirectory. User-defined MIME types can be created in the mime/packages/Overrides.xml file.
Contains file manager data that is specific to the user. For example, this directory can contain the following information:
  • Metadata for the directories with which the user works

  • Nautilus emblems that the user adds

  • Nautilus desktop background images

Contains the controls theme options, window border theme options, and icons theme options that the user adds. The user can add themes from the Theme preference tool.
Contains image thumbnails for the user. Image thumbnails are used in the file manager. The file manager contains a preference that the user can select to stop the generation of thumbnail images.