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    What I’ve wanted to make for a long time is a kernel extension that given some config, makes any directories or files not in an exception list that are found to match ~/.* automatically appear to reside in ~/.config/.*

    I’ve given up all hope that my home directory’s hidden files will ever appear to be organized any other way. I’m not a systems programmer but from what I gleaned in “The Design of the Unix Operating System” this should be possible.

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      You could do that with FUSE. I’m not sure what you gain, but it’s probably not too hard.

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        It drives me crazy when I see a file listing for my home directory and 80% of the entries are dotfiles that should be in .config, and 80% of those are dotfiles for programs that I need very rarely. These dotfiles obfuscate the important entries in my home directory that I’m constantly using. It’s not the end of the world but it’s very annoying, especially after many years.