[mythtv] [mythtv-commits] Ticket #4593: /.mythtv/ should *not* get created (blank homedir)

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Feb 5 18:00:24 UTC 2008

On 02/05/2008 05:32 AM, MythTV wrote:
> #4593: /.mythtv/ should *not* get created (blank homedir)
> Comment:
>  Yes, if HOME isn't set, QDir::homeDirPath() seems to return '/'. The real
>  question is, what should it be in this situation? Current directory? /tmp?

Ignored?  Shut down with an error (a descriptive error, that is) and 
force the user to configure the system properly?

I think most (if not all) of the distros now have the HOME directory 
thing under control in their start scripts and should be ready for a 
change like this, so why even try to run in a "broken" configuration?

Writing to /tmp means that on many systems the configuration (i.e. for 
mythfilldatabase, etc.) will get removed on reboot.  The current 
directory would mean that where the user starts the application 
determines how it runs (and that "easy to change configuration" approach 
should be something that must be explicitly requested--i.e. using 
MYTHCONFDIR env var--rather than a fallback the user is unaware of).


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