Re: Window managers and their desktop files

On Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 6:28 PM, Thomas Thurman <tthurman gnome org> wrote:
> The .desktop files in "wm-properties" are not very much like the desktop
> files in "applications".  There was a lot of discussion about this on
> <>. "wm-properties"
> files MUST contain a group called "Window Manager", and "applications"
> files MUST NOT.  The files in "applications" also need NoDisplay set to
> true, unless you want people invoking the window manager from nautilus,
> which you don't.

I'm aware of the differences but it seems to be a regression when we
need two files to do the same thing where previously one was enough. I
have a strong feeling this is a temporary situation but can't find the
discussion to confirm this.

> What I would like to see, since we now have files in two places, is:
> 1) "Window Manager" group to be renamed "X-Window Manager", since this
> will make it okay to put it into $prefix/share/applications.
> 2) control-center to scan $prefix/share/applications as well as
> $prefix/gnome/wm-applications. For each file, control-center would
> accept either "X-Window Manager", or if it didn't find that, "Window
> Manager", or if it found neither, it would ignore the file.

I agree with both of the above...

> But perhaps someone has a plan for this already.

...that's why I posted this to desktop-devel - I was hoping there is a
plan somewhere (be it here, bugzilla or that is just
hard to find :)

Patryk Zawadzki

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