Relative paths in .desktop files
michael.thayer at oracle.com
Wed Apr 20 14:15:57 PDT 2011
Sorry to be annoying here, but who would actually be able take a
decision as to whether my patch (subject to additional iterations of
course) can go into the spec or not? Naively I would expect that to be
the people handling those bits in the main desktop environments (Vincent
in GNOME, Marty in LXDE?)
On Mon, 2011-04-18 at 11:29 +0200, Michael Thayer wrote:
> Hello Vincent,
> Thanks for your comments.
> On Mon, 2011-04-18 at 10:56 +0200, Vincent Untz wrote:
> > Le lundi 11 avril 2011, à 18:06 +0200, Michael Thayer a écrit :
> > > Thanks for the answer. Please find a patch against
> > > desktop-entry-spec-1.1.xml below. I hope that that, together with my
> > > initial posting, makes my intentions slightly clearer. As I said, I
> > > would also interested in other approaches to achieve the same thing.
> > [...]
> > > --- desktop-entry-spec-1.1.xml 2011-04-11 17:50:02.350865289 +0200
> > > +++ desktop-entry-spec-1.1.xml.new 2011-04-11 17:57:39.126810018 +0200
> > > @@ -429,7 +429,10 @@
> > > <entry>
> > > Icon to display in file manager, menus, etc. If the
> > > name is an absolute path, the given file will be
> > > - used. If the name is not an absolute path, the algorithm described
> > > + used. If it starts with "./" it will be treated as a path
> > > + relative to the directory containing the desktop file and
> > > + the given file will be used. Otherwise, the algorithm
> > > + described
> > > in the <ulink
> > > url="http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Standards/icon-theme-spec">Icon
> > > Theme Specification</ulink> will be used to locate the icon.
> > I must admit I don't really see which use case we're trying to cover
> > here. Can you give a concrete example of where you'd have a bundled
> > application like this?
> As mentioned at the start of the thread, my immediate use case is for
> the installer for the VirtualBox Guest Additions, which are delivered as
> a virtual CD image which "appears" in a virtual machine when the user
> selects "Install Guest Additions", and which is normally auto-mounted by
> the guest at a mount point which can't be cleanly predicted. I would
> simply like it to look prettier on X11/fd.o-type systems - in the
> current iteration the user can click on the icon of a shell script to do
> the installation, but it would be nicer to have a more recognisable icon
> and the other things that a .desktop file describes very nicely.
> > FWIW, I'd consider ./ to be relative to the path defined in the Path
> > key (which could be ./ to tell that it's the base directory of the
> > .desktop file).
> Tricky one. On the whole I would say that the initial working directory
> and the directory where the application files are located don't need to
> be related, but I can't immediately see how a relocatable application
> could usefully specify an initial working directory.
> My initial googling when I was looking for solutions to this suggested
> that other people might also have uses for it. I don't have any links
> handy just now, though I could look for some if you like.
> > I think we'd also want to explicitly mention that ../ is
> > not supported.
> Of course, that raises the question as to whether supporting ../ might
> be useful for someone. But it would seem reasonable not to support it
> until there is a concrete use case.
> By the way, I assume you saw
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/xdg/2011-April/011885.html too.
> Please let me know if this answer clarified things for you a bit.
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