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

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Wed Jan 8 10:48:47 PST 2014

A TerminalEmulator intent could very well support a *standardized* api
that does something similar to -e.
J. Leclanche

On Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM, Dominique Michel
<dominique.michel at> wrote:
> Le Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:11:04 +0000,
> Simon McVittie <simon.mcvittie at> a écrit :
>> GNOME in Debian also needed its defaults to be changed, to not assume
>> that terminal implementations were command-line-compatible with
>> gnome-terminal (because x-terminal-emulator isn't).
>> When associating files with applications, one common protocol is "you
>> append the files as arguments on the application's command-line, one
>> argument per file". It's so common that people don't necessarily think
>> of it as a protocol at all, but you can't have interoperability
>> without agreeing on a protocol of some sort.
> For me, that mess is not over. According to xterm man page,
> xterm -e mc /home/dom
> should work. As a bonus, even it is not into the man page
> xterm -e "mc /home/dom"
> work too.
> With gnome-terminal, both calls are working, but with terminator,
> xfce4-terminal and x-terminal-emulator, only
> terminator -e "mc /home/dom"
> works. But with urxvt, only
> urxvt -e mc /home/dom
> works. That imply that mess is not over, even if I was able to commit a
> fix for fvwm-crystal. In fact, this is worst than before because I now
> need to deal with that in 2 functions instead of 1.
> I agree with you that a protocol is the way to get interoperability, but
> if upstream is not following it, we don't get it. In that case, xterm
> is the reference and its man page is clear, we don't need "" after -e.
> Best,
> Dominique
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