Opened 2 years ago

#21493 new enhancement

Split up preferences file

Reported by: xeruf Owned by: team
Priority: normal Milestone: Longterm
Component: Core Version:
Keywords: preferences xml state config Cc:


Currently, there is one big preferences.xml file in the config folder, containing lots of device-specific state.
As I am synchronizing this file with my dotfiles across machines, I am seeing excessive conflicts and modifications.
I would much prefer this file to be split up, with parts of it belonging into the now officially defined XDG_STATE_HOME on Linux (see

A few examples of device-specific options are gui.*, org.openstreetmap.josm.gui.*, geoimage.*, file-optn.*, cache.*, pluginmanager.* as well as anything containing "last*" or "*history"

Some examples of keys that should stay in the file: the plugins list, plugin preferences, expert, toolbar, imagery.entries

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