Multiple DeskTops, HiColor theme, standardized icon names, & menu icons

Bastian, Waldo waldo.bastian at
Wed Jun 28 21:39:29 EEST 2006

At the time that was considered redundant given that $KDEDIR has
traditionally been something like /opt/kde. Distributions started to use
/usr as $KDEDIR at some point in time, I don't think they ever consulted
with KDE when they made that decision. Anyway, this comes down to my
point that if you want to standardize aspects of /usr/share you should
write a XDG spec and reference $XDG_DATA_DIRS. If you don't like KDE
using /usr/share/apps, you shouldn't be installing KDE to /usr :-)

Waldo Bastian
Linux Client Architect - Client Linux Foundation Technology
Channel Platform Solutions Group
Intel Corporation -
OSDL DTL Tech Board Chairman

>-----Original Message-----
>From: James Richard Tyrer [mailto:tyrerj at]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 8:14 PM
>To: Bastian, Waldo
>Cc: Rodney Dawes; Shaun McCance; xdg at
>Subject: Re: Multiple DeskTops, HiColor theme, standardized icon names,
>menu icons
>Bastian, Waldo wrote:
>>> I don't know why KDE chose: "apps" for the subdirectory when: "kde"
>>> would have been a better choice.
>> KDE's file hierarchy is explained here:
>That doesn't really explain the choice of names for:
>	share/apps/
>	share/config/
>which are KDE specific but don't include 'kde' in the name.

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