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Adobe Flash Player 11.6  -  Feature 3436736

Created on Saturday, January 5, 2013

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[Platform_Linux]Support XDG basedir specification on Linux


Please support XDG Base directory specification for Flash Player

According to XDG Base directory specification:
User data should go into $XDG_DATA_HOME (which default to ~/.local/share),
user preferences should go into $XDG_CONFIG_HOME (which default to ~/.config)
and cached data should go to $XDG_CACHE_HOME (which default to ~/.cache).
More details at :

Full specification can be found at:

The XDG base directory specification have good de facto adoption.
It has been adopted by:
- GNOME ( )
- GTK+ ( )
- KDE ( )
- QT ( )
- XFCE ( in Files and Environment Variables )
- Razor-qt
- VLC ( )
- GStreamer ( )
- Chrome ( )
- many more upstream applications
- Ubuntu ( & )
- Debian ( )
- Red Hat
- Fedora
- Suse
- many more distributions

I think that Flash Player should use same locations than the vast majority of Desktop environment and applications.

There are real advantages of following this specification :
- a lot less cluttered $HOME
- Make backups a lot more safer and easier.
Backuping your $XDG_DATA_HOME along with your files is enough
(or just excluding $XDG_CACHE_HOME)
- A lot easier to reset a default configuration if you want/need it (and
without any risk to loose informations). Even for the software itself
could choose to reset $XDG_CONFIG_HOME if needed.
- Avoid some strange bugs that happens because you had a old version of
some configuration file
- A lot more of flexibility and portability because no path are hardcoded.

Test Configuration

App Language(s) English
OS Language(s) English
Platform(s) Linux

Notes (1)

  • Alisa(Ying) Wang

    11:32:49 PM GMT+00:00 Jan 5, 2013

    This is really a good suggestion. But Flash player hasn't supported Linux platform any more, and only updated with some security fixes.

    Anyway, thanks for your suggestion.

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Reported By faispasierch


State Closed
Status Deferred
Reason EnhancementRequired


Priority 0-Unknown
Frequency Unknown
Failure Type Enhancement Request
Product Area OS Interation


Found In Build 11.6.602.105(beta)
Fixed In Build

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