Immutability (was: Re: autostart spec changes)

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Fri Mar 3 12:12:37 EET 2006

Vincent Untz wrote:
>>>> Just illustrating what Aaron means: the admin would write this in
>>>> the system-level .desktop file:
>>>> Hidden[$i]=false
>>>can this be used for all keys?
>> Yes, for anything.
>> Any key, any section, or any file can have the [$i] flag, which marks
>> that key, section, or file immutable.
>Is this documented in any fdo spec? If no, it sounds like a good
> addition to the specs where it's relevant (autostart & menu, eg).

No, it isn't. This has mostly been a KDE extension to the desktop spec 
because of the Kiosk framework. We also use it in our configuration files 
in the exact same manner.

Adding it to the desktop file spec would mean all other implementations 
now need to implement the immutability feature. How comfortable are the 
developers with this feature?

As a side-node, KDE also supports another extension, which is [$e]. This 
allows for expanding environment variables, like:


Would there be interest in standardising this one too?
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