More about "intents": Several improvements to desktop files and caches

Jasper St. Pierre jstpierre at
Sun Jan 5 19:50:04 PST 2014

On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Jerome Leclanche <adys.wh at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 2:42 AM, Ryan Lortie <desrt at> wrote:
> > hi,
> >
> Yes, that was my original idea with intents. I reconsidered after some
> discussion though: It is much easier to use the existing Categories
> key and improve upon it. Intents themselves can be dbus-only and the
> same format as you mentioned, while improving Categories has the major
> advantage that a lot of existing apps will be straight up compatible.
> What do you think? Is there anything (non-dbus) in your Implements
> idea that can't be solved by Categories? Keeping in mind that anything
> that has a dbus interface might as well be an intent (or Implements,
> or however it'd be called).

Categories are a set of defined categories used for grouping in menu
systems. They're fairly loosely defined, and I don't think they make a good
fit for intents.

"AudioVideo", "Utilities" and "Education" don't tell me anything about what
the app is, or what its interface will be.

Something more defined and explicit about what the app is and what it will
provide is a much better base for a new system.

J. Leclanche
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