Proposal: Menu Spec Changes

Waldo Bastian bastian at
Thu Jul 24 23:51:13 EEST 2003

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On Wednesday 23 July 2003 16:03, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2003 at 01:44:34PM +0200, Waldo Bastian wrote:
> > Oh, I wasn't aware that prefix had made it into the spec. At the moment
> > we (KDE) don't use a prefix.
> >
> > I think the discussion about prefix was bit left hanging, see
> >
> Oops, I guess we miscommunicated a bit on this. I may have added
> prefix= to the spec before you sent that message.
> We really need a test suite to validate our implementations...  I
> tried to talk Jeremy White into writing one but he wasn't biting. ;-)

Yes. Is your stuff available somewhere?

> Anyhow, what's your current view on what should be in the spec for
> prefix?

I don't see any substantial benefit of using it for KDELegacyDir. There will 
be namespace issues during transition but I don't think a prefix will be the 
right solution to fix it. Part of my hesitation comes from the fact that I 
think it would be ok if actual KDE applications would be prefixed with "kde" 
but it makes no sense to have third party apps such as realplayer be prefixed 
with "kde" just because they happen to install themselves to 
$KDEDIR/share/applnk. In fact that would just prolong the pains of a 
transition because the next time realplayer installs under .../applications, 
it suddenly looses its prefix.

As for support for prefix in general, I don't know if there are that many 
legacy style menus out there, beyond the ones used by GNOME and KDE to 
warrant the additional complexity.

Talking about transition, do you have a diff or some other overview of the KDE 
.desktop files that RedHat renamed?

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