desktop entry files and directories
j.g.karssenberg at student.utwente.nl
Sun May 7 12:25:26 EEST 2006
After thinking about this problem for a while I think that the blanket
we need to cover all these problems is this: define a mimetypes for
directories. That way applications can bind to these mimetypes and all
will be fine.
Say I have my project directories. I add a desktop file called
".directory" of type "Directory", that perfectly follows the spec. Now
add one key to the spec, say "DirectoryType" that defines a mimetype for
the directory (this type should (implicitly) inherit from
inode/directory). This thing should probably also be mentioned in the
mimeinfo spec as a special case then.
No further modifications of any spec are needed. I can add my program
specific config to the desktop file as an extension (the spec includes
an extension mechanism) and I could tell the file browser that my
application can open this mimetype.
Application directories can also be handled by a special
"DirectoryType", and can either be implemented by the file browser
directly or by a small launcher application.
Add a "DirectoryType" for a svn or cvs controlled directory and you can
open it by your favorite client application, or trigger a filebrowser
plugin to load additional functions.
This is how I would implemented it, if there is a consensus that such a
thing needs to be implemented in the first place. As a temporary
substitute one could have a "Directory" file (not hidden) with a
mimetype that overloads application/x-desktop and use a small launcher
app to redirect execution to the application that is associated with the
-- Jaap Karssenberg <pardus at cpan.org>
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