[Portland] xdg-utils first run report

Bastian, Waldo waldo.bastian at intel.com
Thu Nov 16 22:07:07 EET 2006

The landing page for XdgUtils is

Some additional links from www.freedesktop.org would be a good idea,
yes. I'm happy to hear that you volunteered for that task :-)

Some notes about how XdgUtils can be used in Appendix C of the menu spec
seems appropriate indeed. If someone can propose a patch for that, that
would be most helpful.

Intel Corporation - Channel Platform Solutions Group - Hillsboro, Oregon
>-----Original Message-----
>From: portland-bounces at lists.freedesktop.org [mailto:portland-
>bounces at lists.freedesktop.org] On Behalf Of Jeremy White
>Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2006 11:43 AM
>To: portland at lists.freedesktop.org
>Subject: [Portland] xdg-utils first run report
>So today I converted an application I work on to use xdg-utils
>to create icons for the desktop and for menus.
>I was tickled pink.  It took about 3 hours, and it worked nicely
>on the range of test environments I tried.  I was even able to
>inject my own version of the xdg-utils script and have it
>take precedence over the one I baked in.
>Very, very happy, am I.
>I hope to share more details on this in a bit.
>*But*  (what is it with me, I never stay happy!?!?!?!)
>I have a few issues, as follows:
>  xdg-utils is nowhere to be found from the main pages
>      on www.freedesktop.org.
>    I think it rates an entry on this page:
>     http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards
>    and this one:
>     http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software
>    At the very least I need a landing page that I can feel
>    certain will not move, so I can point users there.
>    (This is a key part of the benefit I've always craved.
>    The if-you-dont-have-menus-dont-whine-to-me-go-here-instead page
>  I also think that the Menu spec:
>    http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards_2fmenu_2dspec
>    should be changed to prominently point to xdg-utils
>    and advise developers to use xdg-utils if they can.
>I'm willing to do the Wiki editing myself, presuming
>no one objects (and presuming I can't con someone else
>into doing it <grin>).  But the spec edit should probably
>done by someone (Waldo?) who has more ownership of that document.
>And, okay, I am still happy.  I'm chortling cheerfully to myself
>about how easy and nice that was.  Thanks to all that helped
>bring that about, particularly Kevin and Waldo who did so much work.
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