Re: Application id, XDG App, and you.

Well, having "Aliases" means that to look up "gnome-clocks.desktop",
we would have to parse through and read every desktop file at startup,
for anything that wanted to match, since we still don't have a
.desktop file cache. But it would help in the reverse case -- when the
file gets renamed, also check out the aliases. But we also have the
reverse merging problem (what if there's multiple aliases and each one
has a different policy? Yikes)

At some point I should probably make a proposal to xdg-list. I think
we should probably also have a .desktop file cache as a general
component so we can make proposals like this without having to worry
about implementation cost. I know desrt was working on this at some
point, but I don't know how far she got with it.

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 9:02 AM, Simon McVittie
<simon mcvittie collabora co uk> wrote:
On 04/02/16 05:23, Jasper St. Pierre wrote:
One thing I've wanted in the past is a very simple file to allow
someone to declare an alias for an application. So GNOME Clocks would
ship both an org.gnome.clocks.desktop and a gnome-clocks.desktop, the
latter looking something like:

    [Desktop Entry]

Or maybe org.gnome.clocks.desktop could grow a key


or something?

This seems like something to take to the xdg (not -app) mailing list and
the main Desktop Entry Specification document.

Simon McVittie
Collabora Ltd. <>


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