.desktop files

bjoern bjoern.michaelsen at canonical.com
Thu Oct 17 01:19:47 CEST 2013

On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 02:34:18PM +0200, bjoern wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 07:31:16AM +0200, Jean-Baptiste Faure wrote:
> > I would like to better understand how .desktop files work. They are in
> > .../sysui/desktop/menus.
> > If I read for example writer.desktop I see that the second exec command
> > (at the end of the file) use the hard coded name libreoffice when the
> > first one use ${UNIXBASISROOTNAME}. Is it intentional ? Indeed, even
> > after installation of LO (upstream, build at home) I do not have any
> > libreoffice command on my system (Ubuntu 13.04).
> The second one is for unity quicklist integration (the small popup menu you get
> from the dash on the sidebar). It indeed might only work if you use the
> Debian/Ubuntu provided packages (which you should anyway, if you want system
> integration) as those surely provide a 'libreoffice' executable in the default
> path.


FWIW I filed an Easy Hack wrt to this:


while Unity _should_ be able to read the old format, moving to the new one
makes sense anyway.



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