xdg-utils replacement (Was: Re: Proposal: Inharitance for Desktop Entry Spec)

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Thu Apr 17 13:11:25 PDT 2008

Vincent Untz wrote:
> Le jeudi 17 avril 2008, à 12:11 -0700, Brian J. Tarricone a écrit :
>> Maybe some sort of XDG DBus service that can handle much of the 
>> functionality that xdg-utils handles.  Like xdg-open could be replaced 
>> by a dbus method, and I imagine most other functions could as well. 
>> Each desktop environment would be responsible for creating and 
>> distributing this daemon, which would take the burden off 
>> freedesktop.org.  I see this as a good thing -- if a DE/WM wants to opt 
>> in to this support, they have a direct way of doing it that doesn't 
>> require external dependencies (that is, it doesn't mean having to get a 
>> patch included in upstream xdg-utils).
>> It's a bit more work than writing a script, though.  The current 
>> xdg-utils scripts could be replaced with dummy scripts that just use 
>> dbus-send to talk to the new interface.
> Something like http://cvs.freedesktop.org/portland/portland/dapi ?
> I think it died because there wasn't enough interest. But you should
> probably ask on the portland mailing list.

Yeah, pretty much exactly -- but covering what's in xdg-utils currently 
(some overlap, some missing).  I'm interested, but I really don't have 
the time for it atm :-/ .


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