[New] Desktop Preferred Applications Specification

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at xfce.org
Mon Jun 8 18:06:29 PDT 2009

On Tue, 09 Jun 2009 01:44:05 +0100
Bastien Nocera <hadess at hadess.net> wrote:

> > I only mentioned Thunar as an example, because it's usage of the fdo
> > specs for the "send to" menu IMO is very clean and simple.
> You still haven't explained what Thunar does that nautilus-sendto (or
> nautilus) would benefit from?
> >  Just drop a
> > desktop file in /usr/share/Thunar/sendto and you are ready to go. I
> > don't know a file manager that offers similar functionality
> You mean like Windows 95's shortcuts so you can right-click on a file
> and send to a floppy or the mail program?
> >  and IMO this
> > should be a standard feature across all desktops - then you don't
> > even need a successor for nautilus-sendto.
> If it's anything like Windows 95, then it's still missing:
> - ability to compress the files (optionally, or forced if sending a
> directory)

I'm not sure what you mean with this.

> and
> - discovery of targets (either Bluetooth OBEX PUSH devices, UPNP
> shares, mail or IM contacts)

Thunar has two things in its send-to context menu: 

  - desktop entries from $XDG_DATA_DIRS/Thunar/sendto/
  - volumes that it monitors using ThunarVFS (and GIO in the future)

So, you're right, the $XDG_DATA_DIRS/Thunar/sendto/ stuff only defines
commands to which you can pass the selected files (like create a
tarball of a directory or create an email with the files attached).

Service discovery and volumes obviously don't work like this.

  - Jannis
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