Security issue with .desktop files revisited

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at
Wed Mar 29 16:18:44 EEST 2006

On Wednesday 29 March 2006 01:21, Ludwig Nussel wrote:
> ~/Desktop is not what's displayed as desktop. The desktop is (or
> could be) an overlay of multiple directories. So ~/Desktop is just a
> directory like any other directory, it just happens to be the place
> where the user specific part of the desktop is stored in the
> filesystem. Same applies to the files for the menu.
> ~/.local/share/applications is not what I see in the menu. So IMO
> it's fine to open a text editor when clicking on a file in
> ~/.local/share/application|~/Desktop but launch the application when
> clicking on the representation of the same file in the menu or on
> the desktop.

try telling that to your average user who sees "a launcher" not "a desktop 
file that i'm looking at in file manager mode in directory foo" =/

Aaron J. Seigo
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