Desktop Entry Specification - ExecuteAs proposition

Dario Freddi drf54321 at
Sun Mar 7 06:03:54 PST 2010

On Sunday 07 March 2010 14:54:16 you wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM, Dario Freddi <drf54321 at> wrote:
> > I am not a big fan of this patch because (especially given what I've
> > written above) I don't see a use case.
> You personally don't use it doesn't means that others don't need it or
> there is no use case.
> It's widely used in SuSE and it's required by some Debian/Ubuntu packages,
> too. It's especially useful when you have a simple program and the part
> dealing with dbus + policykit support is even bigger than the program
> itself. That's the use case.

By the way, this is relevant for GUI programs, proof that you didn't read my 
mail at all, and not for small applications. I doubt a GUI program doing some 
stuff as root can be _that_ small, but I might be wrong.

> As I said previously, it's a matter of ``choice''. Developers can use
> policykit if they want, but don't prevent others from using sudo
> simply because you don't use it. Adding this key doesn't prevent
> developers from using policykit. It only adds usefulness for those who
> need it.
> The "No, you don't need that" strategy is not very good for a healthy,
> open, and free community.
> Issues are raised again and agina simply because people need it. The
> best way to deal with this kind issue, IMHO, is not "No, you are
> wrong. You don't need that.".
> Maybe it's not needed for Gnome and KDE, but our users in other
> desktop environments need it. Otherwise we shouldn't get this kind of
> feature requests and user feedback.

Please calm down. I don't represent neither GNOME or KDE. I said that I, as in 
me and nobody else, don't see an use case, and it's my opinion. If you were 
looking for people saying "it's ok throw it in", and not even listening to 
what I said (you quoted only the last part of the mail, which is the less 
relevant one), then why are you discussing this patch in the first place?

Here you're just stating what you think is right without even listening to 

Respecting other people's opinions is very good for a healthy, open, and free 


Dario Freddi
KDE Developer
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