desktop entry files and directories

Jaap Karssenberg j.g.karssenberg at
Tue May 2 22:22:57 EEST 2006

Bastian, Waldo wrote:
> It's not entirely clear to me what you try to achieve here. That said...
> "Directory" type .desktop files are used by the application menu to
> provide a title and icon for sub-menus. KDE also uses them to provide a
> title and icon for sub-directories when used in the file system. In
> these cases the .desktop file should be named ".directory" and it
> describes the directory it is placed in. That kind of usage is not
> covered by any XDG specification though, so your milage will vary.

Thanks, I started to think that the "Directory" type didn't have any 
uses, I tried rox, nautilus and thunar and none of these file browsers 
does anything with them. Most funny is the response from nautilus which 
offers to "open" the desktop file, but when you try to do this it throws 
the error that it can't open the file because "The location is not a 
folder" :)

Maybe it would help to make the desktop entry spec a little more verbose 
on these usage things, there is no way for the reader to guess these things.

What I'm trying to do is 1) set some kind of flag for some directories 
and then 2) tell the file browser my application can open those 
directories. Since I now see that this can not be done with any of the 
xdg specs I will go for the "project file" solution. I'll put a file in 
each of those directories with a newly defined mimetype for my 
application. Probably those "project files" will look a lot like 
.desktop files.

-- Jaap <pardus at>

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