Is gnome or nautilus fully compliant to freedesktop spec?

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Fri Jan 18 07:40:33 PST 2013

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM, Vincent Untz <vuntz at> wrote:

> Le vendredi 18 janvier 2013, à 22:48 +1100, jupiter a écrit :
> > > Can you give more details on the issues you hit?
> >
> > I was not able to list the application menu on desktop menu in gnome,
> > but works on KDE and xfce.
> You mean, by right-clicking on the desktop (we don't have that in
> GNOME)? Or something else?
> I can tell you that GNOME does support the menu spec, for sure.
> > The current issue is that adding an environment variable such as $HOME
> > in desktop entry file as following example works with KDE file manager
> > and Thunar when to click a desktop launcher (copy an application menu
> > icon to the desktop), but does not work with nautilus, the error was
> > "Failed to change directory $HOME (No such file or directory)"
> >
> > Path=$HOME
> There's no support for environment variables in the desktop entry spec,
> and therefore there's no guarantee that this will work on all
> implementations.

We've hit the same issue at Razor a few times. Assuming we can get GNOME to
implement envvar support in desktop files, would you be opposed to adding
it to the spec? I really don't think it's good that currently half of the
implementations can treat the same PATH differently.

> Cheers,
> Vincent
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