Menu-Spec and nested AppDirs

Heinrich Wendel h_wendel at
Thu May 26 19:42:28 EEST 2005

On Thursday 26 May 2005 18:05, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-05-26 at 17:19 +0200, Heinrich Wendel wrote:
> > Leave the filename as it is, but put the file in the applications-changed
> > dir and add this AppDir to all edited Menus? This would keep the benefits
> > of the desktop-file-id.
> 	(What "benefits" are you referring to here, btw?)
> 	So, my suggestion had two parts and I was probably confusing things by
> putting them together:
>   1) Use a separate directory for edited .desktop files because if
>      $XDG_DATA_HOME is "/usr/share in your homedir", I think its just
>      as inappropriate to put edited files there as it would be to put
>      them in /usr/share.
>      This is really something that should be discussed as "what exactly
>      is $XDG_DATA_HOME for?", rather than just thinking about menu
>      editing, though.


>   2) That you give edited files a different desktop file ID so that you
>      no longer have to worry about the order of <AppDir>s in the .menu
>      file when you're implementing a menu editor which
>      modifies .desktop files.
>      I think this makes sense for various reasons, but to give one
>      example - consider a .desktop file which is <Include>d in two
>      menus. If a user edits an entry in one menu, she wouldn't also
>      expect it to change in the other menu. (Yes, its a corner case
>      but ....)
>      Anyway, its this ".desktop file renaming" part of my suggestion
>      which is really more relevant to the problem you're pointing out.

This is very difficult to implement, i would favor passing AppDir's around 

> Cheers,
> Mark.
mfg, heinrich

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