menu-spec URL entries

Damjan Jovanovic damjan.jov at
Tue Aug 12 23:02:43 PDT 2008


While adding support to Wine to write desktop entries with Type=Link
for Internet shortcuts, I noticed that Gnome doesn't show them in

According to Gnome's bugzilla
(, this is correct
according to the menu spec: only Type=Application is supported in

But it seems to me to be a pretty big omission, and several
people/projects have been bitten by this bug:

Is there some reason for this?

The workaround seems to be to make a Type=Application entry that
launches firefox, and make the URL an argument to firefox - but that
introduces a dependency on firefox, ignores the desktop's default
browser setting, and generally requires jumping through hoops.

Can we please make Type=Link entries work in menus?


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