xdg-utils replacement (Was: Re: Proposal: Inharitance for Desktop Entry Spec)
Brian J. Tarricone
bjt23 at cornell.edu
Thu Apr 17 12:11:18 PDT 2008
> Brian J Tarricone wrote:
>> 洪任諭 wrote:
>>> However, the xdg-utils way has a serious drawback:
>>> Currently xdg-utils only recognize gnome/kde/xfce.
>>> There are much more different environments then these three, and the
>>> number is still growing...
>> Then those desktop environments should add support to xdg-utils for
>> their environment and send patches. As you say, there are many more,
>> and the numbers are growing -- we can't expect the xdg-utils maintainers
>> to track all of these things.
> I don't think this is a good idea... We already have too much
> duplicated work like this.
> This doesn't solve the problem from its root, and also it make things
> much more complicated.
You're probably right -- the script idea isn't really scalable. Got any
Maybe some sort of XDG DBus service that can handle much of the
functionality that xdg-utils handles. Like xdg-open could be replaced
by a dbus method, and I imagine most other functions could as well.
Each desktop environment would be responsible for creating and
distributing this daemon, which would take the burden off
freedesktop.org. I see this as a good thing -- if a DE/WM wants to opt
in to this support, they have a direct way of doing it that doesn't
require external dependencies (that is, it doesn't mean having to get a
patch included in upstream xdg-utils).
It's a bit more work than writing a script, though. The current
xdg-utils scripts could be replaced with dummy scripts that just use
dbus-send to talk to the new interface.
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