handling optional MimeTypes in a Desktop Entry

Ryan Lortie desrt at desrt.ca
Wed Apr 30 02:23:07 PDT 2014


On Thu, Apr 24, 2014, at 13:50, François Cami wrote:
> I've read the Desktop Entry Specification at
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/index.html
> and haven't found an answer to my problem, so here goes:

I'm not sure any of these options will really work.

In the simple case of applications with plugins one of these options
might be acceptable, but consider the case that we have something like
Totem using GStreamer.  When I install a GStreamer plugin, how should it
know about Totem existing in order to update its list?

The only thing I can think of is that we have some mime type to mean
"all of the types of things supported by GStreamer" (where GStreamer
could also be the name of an individual application, in the case of
direct plugins).  It might make sense to also say "all of the _audio_
file types supported by GStreamer" as well.

I'm not really sure what this would look like, and I'm also not sure if
I would be in favour of the final result.  This is a tough problem and
I'm not sure that any solution is palatable.


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