A spec to set default terminal applications?

Ian Huang imyxhuang at gmail.com
Wed Aug 29 20:14:53 UTC 2018

Hey, that's a thought. Something like an intent system sounds perfect to
categorize these actions. And then desktops could stop abusing the MIME
or gconf or hardcoding
for these things.
Somebody's got to bring up that we could take the easy way out and have
x-intent/ be a whole category of dummy MIME types, but that doesn't really
fix the concern about inconsistent CLI arguments, so once again I doubt it
would be the right choice.

So yes, I think generalizing your xdg-terminal-exec proposal into a new
system for intents would be great. Off the top of my head, one way would be
that the directories could be restructured to have xdg-intents directories
(instead of xdg-terminals of course) with subdirectories carrying the names
of the intents, like ~/.local/share/xdg-intents/terminals/ for instance.

You could also structure the config .list files in the same matter. But
there might be a better way, it's kind of trivial how you should structure

On Wed, Aug 29, 2018, 01:21 Vladimir Kudrya <vladimir-csp at yandex.ru> wrote:

> That's an interesting area. For example, XFCE has generalizations like
> web browser, email client facilitated by their own reinvented wheel
> inside exo-open AFAIK.
> I found a way to do some without any special treatment: I have a bind in
> Openbox to open browser and mail client set up like 'xdg-open http://'.
> But it does not work well for mailto: and there is no scheme for
> calculators.
> Another related function: backlight. How to generalize between
> xbacklight or brightnessctl depending on hardware support.
> To sum it up, this is another class of tasks, not to open something in
> something, but to execute something. Intents? x-intent/email-client,
> x-intent/reduce-backlight? Generalize xdg-terminal-exec into
> xdg-intent-exec? X-ExecArg into X-ArgPrefix? What do you think?
> On 2018-08-29 09:50, Ian Huang wrote:
> > For example, many keyboards have a calculator function button that I
> > believe is hard coded to use GNOME's calculator for me at the moment.
> > Similar apps that don't necessarily handle a single type of file but
> > reasonably call for a default choice could maybe share the same spec?
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