[libvoikko] libvoikko 4.0, voikko-fi 2.0 and libreoffice-voikko 5.0

Harri Pitkänen hatapitk at iki.fi
Sat Jan 9 18:54:57 EET 2016

On Friday 08 January 2016 09:25:35 Kevin Brubeck Unhammer wrote:
> Sjur Moshagen <sjurnm at mac.com> čálii:
> > Linux:
> > - ~/.voikko
> > <please suggest more, I have too little knowledge>
> Many[1] "modern" Linux programs now follow this spec:
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html
> which would suggest searching the prioritied list of
> $XDG_DATA_HOME/voikko
> $HOME/.local/share/voikko
> $HOME/.voikko              # for backwards compatibility

Strictly speaking I understand that if $XDG_DATA_HOME is defined then we 
should NOT check $HOME/.local/share/voikko at all (unless $XDG_DATA_HOME is 

If we follow this specification then it would be slightly more complicated to 
provide instructions for the end users on how to add personal dictionary 
files. They would first have to check the value of that environment variable. 

Since Voikko does not create these directories or write anything to them I 
think that it is easiest to continue documenting $HOME/.voikko as the place to 
store user specific dictionary files. That would work across different 
versions of libvoikko and also on traditional Unix systems that do not follow 
the new specification.

But then again there would be little harm in supporting XDG_DATA_HOME if 
$HOME/.voikko would still be the primary location (from documentation point of 
view and perhaps in search order too). And if we ever decide that libvoikko 
needs to write something to user's home directory then of course we should do 
that under XDG_DATA_HOME.


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