Binary name in the desktop file

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Thu Dec 26 09:45:17 PST 2013

Again: This desktop file was an example. I didn't write it, wine generates them.
J. Leclanche

On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM, Dominique Michel
<dominique.michel at> wrote:
> Le Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:56:11 +0000,
> Jerome Leclanche <adys.wh at> a écrit :
>> I'd really like to be able to get the binary name from desktop files
>> (eg a way to "start without any argument"). Current implementations
>> rely on getting the first word of the Exec key OR replace %f etc by
>> nothing, but that fails for things such as these:
>> Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/adys/.local/share/wineprefixes/default"
>> wine start /ProgIDOpen chm.%f
> You can put this into a wrapper script, and call the script from the
> desktop file.
> In fvwm-crystal, sh scripts are created from the desktop files, and the
> application menu call these sh scripts instead of the desktop files.
> These sh scripts can be customized or masked at the system and user
> level, and custom scripts can be added at both levels, which give a
> total freedom to both the sysadmin and the user.
> Dominique
>> Oops. So there's a few things to comment on here, and a few potential
>> changes.
>> 1. Add an Environment key to desktop files, like systemd's service
>> files. This would be neat and cleaner for such programs. That exec key
>> would trip up launchers that parse the command line in addition to the
>> name. Annoying! But it doesn't really fix my issue.
>> 2. Potential solution #1: Add an ExecNoArgs (or similarly named) key.
>> If not found, it would be assumed to be the same as the Exec key with
>> %f/%F/%u/%U replaced by nothing. Clean, backwards-compatible, easy to
>> implement.
>> 3. Potential solution #2: Add a Binary key and add a %b token for the
>> Exec key so that you can do something like
>> Binary=/usr/bin/foo
>> Exec=%b --files=%F
>> Not backwards compatible but more potential. On the other hand, this
>> could be inappropriately used for things such as wine (where Binary
>> would be /usr/bin/wine but should never be executed without args)...
>> I like #1 and #2. Would like some comments on this.
>> J. Leclanche
>> _______________________________________________
>> xdg mailing list
>> xdg at
> _______________________________________________
> xdg mailing list
> xdg at

More information about the xdg mailing list