Proposal for a MIME mapping spec

Keith Packard keithp at
Thu Jul 8 01:59:07 EEST 2004

Around 23 o'clock on Jul 7, Mike Hearn wrote:

> Does there need to be a convention? Why not just have them all on one
> line? A slight inconvenience for people editing the file but all good
> editors support wrapping and i-searching.

Some editors also automatically wrap long lines...

> I can't see users manually installing desktop files very often. This
> *should* be an implementation detail dealt with by the software
> installer/package manager.

I'm just suggesting that what 'should' happen often doesn't for reasons 
which you cannot anticipate, and that a system which automatically 
recovered from this events will be more robust and generate fewer bug 
reports than one which requires careful coordination of disparate parts.

I suggest that the '.desktop' files form the canonical representation for 
mime data and that the system work 'as if' it were always referencing 
those files directly.  It's an easy invarient to understand and implement 
against and ensures that no surprising mis-synchronization can occur 
between the canonical data and the putative cache in the proposal.


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