I need to set some environment variables such as the XDG spec ones, before KDE starts in such a way that kwin and any apps run from KDE will inherit them. Where could I do this, and how?


For Plasma 5 it's



Put them in a .sh file in ~/.kde/env/ (possibly ~/.kde4/env/ or similar; varies by distribution).

  • I've been trying that, but my XDG configs are still showing up in ~/.config such as ~/.config/akonadi, here's the scriptthat I copied to that directory. I actually gave this answer first, but deleted it when I realized it wasn't working Jan 28 '11 at 23:20
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    @xenoterracide: The scripts must be named *.sh.
    – ephemient
    Jan 28 '11 at 23:21
  • well that's very un-unix-y gotcha's for the lose Jan 28 '11 at 23:28
  • tested, and renaming to use .sh works, mind adding that as part of the answer? Jan 28 '11 at 23:43

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