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

Bastien Nocera hadess at
Mon Jan 6 05:44:27 PST 2014

On Mon, 2014-01-06 at 14:35 +0100, David Faure wrote:
> On Monday 06 January 2014 14:28:01 Bastien Nocera wrote:
> > And it's more about services (allow me to pick a photo, or select a
> > contact) than about full-fledged applications. A terminal emulator can
> > hardly be thought as providing a service to other applications, a photo
> > picker provided by the native photo application would.
> My point is that both needs (i.e. use cases) exist.
> I know that "intents" and the use of dbus interfaces is about what you 
> describe.
> I'm simply pointing out that the other use case (merely starting apps, at most 
> with a url on the command line) exists too, and that I'd like to see a 
> standard solution for it.

The URL would/should have a mime-type associated to it, so you can just
lookup by mime-type.

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