Actions extensions in File Manager

Pierre Wieser pwieser at
Fri Nov 27 04:31:59 PST 2009

----- "Ted Gould" <ted at> wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-11-26 at 14:30 +0100, Pierre Wieser wrote:
> > However, these two threads refer to a 'Desktop Action' which
> > was present in current 0.9.4 spec, but has disappeared from
> > latest 1.1. Does this mean the 'Desktop Action' entry has been
> > obsoleted ?
> More specifically, it was deleted in the 0.9.6 version as it was in
> 0.9.5.  I am too curious about these, as I was looking at trying
> something similar for a couple messaging menu features.  I'd much
> prefer
> to use something standard.
> One thing that seems to be lacking is there is not ShownIn/NotShownIn
> keys for the actions.  It would seem like that'd be useful for them.
> 		--Ted

Humm.. As I understand the "Extending the format" paragraph,
it appears to me that only new keys (or extended semantics for
existing keys, I imagine) in 'Desktop Entry' group would require
a more or less formal group discussion.

Having 'X-Product' groups and your own keys in these is already
accepted by the spec.

Maybe the authors of Desktop Entry spec may give us some rationales
about the 'Desktop Action' disappearance ?

Nonetheless, I'm afraid that I'll have to write my own extension
spec, hoping that other file managers will take benefit of it...:(


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