Desktop File spec vs. KDE vs. gnome-panel

George jirka at
Wed Jul 30 00:34:14 EEST 2003

On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 09:35:29PM +0200, Waldo Bastian wrote:
> On Monday 28 July 2003 19:09, George wrote:
> > Reference:
> >
> > Basically what happens is that the spec says that
> > Exec=kasteroids %i %m -caption "%c"
> "%i" gets replaced with "--icon" followed by the Icon= entry from the .desktop 
> file.
> "%m" gets replaced with "--miniicon" followed by the Icon= entry from the 
> .desktop file.
> "%c" gets replaced with the Name= entry from the .desktop file. It stands for 
> "caption", not for "comment".
> "%k" gets replaced with the path of the .desktop file itself. 
> I can't say that this is practice is reflected very well in the spec :-( %m 
> does get mentioned in the spec btw, at least in the "May 05, 1999" version 
> that I have here.

Ahhh 0.9.4 version says %m is deprecated, thus could simply be ignored I'd
think.  In any case it's wrong in that it doesn't mention the --miniicon
thing and the --icon thing.

In this case can we update the spec so that the above are described well?
Is there consensus that we should just do it the KDE way?  I'll go change the
gnome exec stuff to do that to make gnome launch kde apps correctly.

> I agree that %i and %m are defined in a rather weird way but the introduction 
> of %I would break backwards compatibility of .desktop files. E.g. KDE 3.1 is 
> not able to handle a .desktop file with %I in it.

Hmmm, true.  In this case we just have to standardize on the KDE way of doing
it.  And the spec needs to be updated.


George <jirka at>
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