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NAME

File::UserDirs - find extra media and documents directories

VERSION

This document describes File::UserDirs version 0.04.

SYNOPSIS

    use File::UserDirs qw(:all);
    print xdg_desktop_dir; # e.g. /home/user/Desktop

DESCRIPTION

This module can be used to find directories as informally specified by the Freedesktop.org xdg-user-dirs software. This gives a mechanism to locate extra directories for media and documents files.

INTERFACE

xdg_desktop_dir

Returns the desktop directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the directory Desktop in the home directory.

xdg_documents_dir

Returns the documents directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_download_dir

Returns the download directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_music_dir

Returns the music directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_pictures_dir

Returns the pictures directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_publicshare_dir

Returns the public share directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_templates_dir

Returns the templates directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

xdg_videos_dir

Returns the videos directory. Unless changed by the user, this is the home directory.

EXPORTS

None by default, but any method can be exported on demand. Also the group :all is defined which exports all methods.

DIAGNOSTICS

"xdg-user-dir" failed to start: %s

The executable xdg-user-dir could not be run, most likely because it was not installed. See "DEPENDENCIES".

CONFIGURATION AND ENVIRONMENT

The location of the directories can be specified by the user in the file $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/user-dirs.dirs. It is a shell file setting a number of environment variables. To find the exact pathname from Perl, run:

    use File::BaseDir qw(config_home);
    print config_home('user-dirs.dirs');

Example customised user-dirs.dirs

    XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Workspace"
    XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Files"
    XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Files/Downloads"
    XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Files/Audio"
    XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Files/Images"
    XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/public_html"
    XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Files/Document templates"
    XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Files/Video"

DEPENDENCIES

This module requires the executable xdg-user-dir from the package xdg-user-dirs. Source code is available from http://cgit.freedesktop.org/xdg/xdg-user-dirs/.

SEE ALSO