This appendix 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 A.1 describes the hidden directories that the GNOME desktop adds to the home directories of users.
Contains the authentication cookie for the GNOME sound daemon. The GNOME sound daemon is the Enlightened Sound Daemon (ESD).
Contains the GConf configuration source for the user. When the user sets a preference, the new preference information is added to this location.
Contains the following GConf daemon details:
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.
The Nautilus file manager contains a preference that enables users to use Nautilus to manage the desktop background. If the user selects this option, this directory contains the objects that are on the Nautilus desktop background of the user. This directory contains the following:
The file manager also contains a preference that enables users to use the home directory as the desktop background directory, instead of .gnome-desktop. If a user selects this option, the contents of the home directory are displayed as desktop background objects.
Contains user-specific application data that is not stored in the GConf repository. For example, this directory contains the following:
This directory also contains user-specific menu data. If a user modifies menus, the details are stored here.
Ignore this directory. This directory has no function at the time of publication of this guide.
Contains session data for the Metacity window manager.
Contains file manager data that is specific to the user. For example, this directory can contain the following:
Contains desktop themes and window frame themes that the user adds. The user can add themes from the Themes preference tool.
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.
Contains screensaver configuration data and screensaver preference data.