Current desktop detection / app access - take 2.
michael at ximian.com
Fri May 28 11:28:07 EEST 2004
On Thu, 2004-05-27 at 15:46 -0400, William Jon McCann wrote:
> Does do_gtk_thing (or if you are after desktop integration
> do_gnome_thing) involve using gnome_vfs, gtk_dialog, etc?
Well; the VFS question, is trivial and also comes down to:
switch (desktop-fragment-vfs) [
ie. very similar, very simple, _no_ bogus/spurious g_assert_not_reached
paranoia. No combinatorial explosion, no odd orders of complexity.
> Does this imply that you will be linking the application to the
> libraries for every desktop under the sun? Or will you have to do:
OO.o uses shared libraries and a virtualisation / abstraction layer
anyhow: most large, portable ISV's applications will do the same - it's
a madness to suppose they 'already' use some recent versions of Gtk+ or
Qt as their exclusive cross-platform layer. So it comes down to:
... use it ...
And an ultimate fallback to some raw-X OO.o underneath it all.
Of course - currently for desktops like 'rox' etc. you will ~always get
a plain-X setup, since there is no good way to detect what toolkit you
want integrated with; and the hacks for using gtk+ are gnome
So - claiming that no detection at all is in some way more desktop
neutral is just bogus :-) Good of you to cut/paste Mark's unhelpful
switch statement with some conditional compiles.
> This seems pretty difficult to maintain. How will this discover new
> desktops? Handle package addition / removal?
You can write a program that will automatically discover new desktops
and standards and then integrate perfectly with them ? without having to
write code - wow ;-) I'd like to use that.
michael at ximian.com <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot
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