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9.9 Hidden Directories

The following table describes the hidden directories that the GNOME Desktop adds to the home directories of users. A hidden directory is a directory that has a name that begins with a period (.).

Table 9-14 Hidden Directories Added to Users’ Home Directories

Directory

Description

.esd_auth

Contains the authentication cookie for the GNOME sound daemon, the Enlightened Sound Daemon (ESD).

.gconf

Contains the GConf configuration source for the user. When the user sets a preference, the new preference information is added to this location.

.gconfd

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

.gnome

Contains user-specific application data that is not stored in the GConf repository. For example, this directory contains MIME type information and session information for the user.

.gnome-desktop

The Nautilus file manager contains a preference that enables users to use the file manager to manage the desktop. If this option is selected, this directory contains the following:

  • Objects on the desktop (for example, the Home object, the Trash object, and other launchers). The objects appear in the directory as desktop entry files. For example, the starthere.desktop file contains a link to the Start Here location.

  • Removable media volumes that are mounted.

The file manager also contains a preference that enables users to use the home directory as the desktop directory, instead of .gnome-desktop. If a user selects this option, the contents of the home directory are displayed as desktop objects.

.gnome2

Contains user-specific application data that is not stored in the GConf repository, such as the following:

  • Keyboard shortcut information

  • Window location information

  • Desktop entry files for panel launchers

This directory also contains user-specific menu data. If a user modifies menus, the details are stored here.

.gnome2-private

(Ignore this directory. It currently has no function.)

.metacity

Contains session data for the Metacity window manager.

.nautilus

Contains file manager data that is specific to the use, such as the following:

  • Metadata for the directories with which the user works

  • Nautilus emblems that the user adds

  • Nautilus desktop images

.themes

Contains controls theme options, window frame theme options, and icons theme options that the user adds. The user can add themes from the Theme preference tool.

.thumbnails

Contains image thumbnails for the user. The image thumbnails are used in the file manager. The file manager contains a preference that the user can select to stop generation of thumbnail images.

.xscreensaver

Contains screensaver configuration data and screensaver preference data.

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