Every home directory is free to use at the user's own personal discretion.
However, there are some standard subdirectories: "HOME:S/", "HOME:EnvArc/",
"HOME:T/", "HOME:Trashcan/" and "HOME:Settings/".
| +- Programs/
| | +- SnoopDOS/
| | +- XDME/
| | +- ...
| +- UI/ [reserved]
| +- HDToolBox.prui
| +- Calculator.prui
| +- ...
| +- User-Startup
| +- ...
| +- Sys/
| +- User.prefs
The subdirectories carry user preferences. The preferences programs and
"IPrefs" will have to know about this, and so will AROS applications, which
will store non-variable data in HOME:Settings/Programs/<ProgramName>.
The "HOME:Settings/UI/" subdirectory is reserved for system use. This
directory stores information about application User Interface ("UI"). We've
defined a new IFF standard for this purpose - "IFF-PRUI" ("Persistant User
Interface"). Read more about this in the IFF-PRUI RFC.
"HOME:EnvArc/Sys/User.prefs" holds information about the user him/herself.
Although this IFF-format is yet to be determined, it will contain data such
as the user's real name and e-mail address.
(Permanent) Shell variables will be stored in "HOME:EnvArc/". Every user
gets his or her own personal trashcan ("HOME:Trashcan/"). Also note that
all users have their own "User-Startup" script (stored in HOME:S/) and a
directory for temporary data (HOME:T/).
The "System" home directory (SYS:Home/System/) is used by the AROS system
itself, mainly for system defaults and system "global" settings (such as
user passwords). If an application fails to find some given settings in the
HOME: directory, the System directory should be searched for the system
The "HOME:" assign will be given by the AROS Login Manager, once the user
has identified him/herself. When AROS is being installed on a new system,
the Installer will ask the user whether he'd like AROS Login Manager to
show up or not. Although the Login Manager will launch a GUI by default,
this can be overridden by passing USER and PASSWORD ReadArgs() style
arguments. In this case, the user will have exclusive access to the AROS
When the user logs out, the HOME: directory assign will reset to
A long term goal should be dos.library support for multiple assign targets
in case AROS will support several users logged on the same system
simultanously (e.g. thru ssh/nfs/samba access).