Best way to generically exclude cache directories

Asked by Aaron Whitehouse on 2010-01-28

Hello,

I was reading Bug #306985 and Bug #306983 and it led me to ask two questions:
(1) Is the Mozilla Firefox cache directory already excluded by deja dup by default (I manually set it as an exclusion as it wasn't in the list)? How can I see which directories are already excluded (by virtue of being "XDG_CACHE_DIR" directories etc.)?
(2) What is the best way to get a program's cache directory excluded by deja dup? Is it to file a bug against that program and ask them to use this "XDG_CACHE_DIR" parameter?

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Michael Terry
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2010-01-29
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2010-01-28
Best Michael Terry (mterry) said : #1

(1) No, not right now. You can see a list of currently-automatically-excluded directories by going to the help file for Deja Dup (Help->Contents->Preferences). Though, here's the current list:

# ~/.cache (really XDG_CACHE_DIR)
# ~/.thumbnails
# ~/.gvfs
# ~/.xsession-errors
# ~/.recently-used.xbel
# ~/.recent-applications.xbel
# ~/.Private
# /proc
# /tmp
# /sys

(2) Yes.

Thanks a lot. Is there somewhere that talks about how to do this, or more about it, so that I can point to it in a bug report for Firefox? Google seems to have failed me.

Thanks Michael Terry, that solved my question.

See https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=259356

One of the other bug reports put me crook, it seems that the correct name is "XDG_CACHE_HOME", which is why I couldn't find much on Google. The specification is here:
http://standards.freedesktop.org/basedir-spec/basedir-spec-latest.html