XDG Default Applications specification proposal

Marc Boocha marcboocha at gmail.com
Mon Jul 20 18:33:03 UTC 2020

Only one think I must add is in the world of sandboxing and containers like
flatpak we need a method can be exposed. and really rather not xdg-open
like wrapper that end wrapping 20 programs with platform detection.
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On Mon, 20 Jul 2020, 21:54 Vladimir Kudrya, <vladimir-csp at yandex.ru> wrote:

> I believe my previous proposal still holds here.
> https://github.com/Vladimir-csp/xdg-terminal-exec
> On 2020-07-20 14:00, smcv at collabora.com wrote:
> * Must be user-configurable (overriding desktop and distro defaults)
> Check.
> * Must produce a sensible result without user configuration (installing a
>   desktop Linux distribution should have a sensible default)
> If desktop's terminal provides .desktop file in xdg-terminals dir under
> XDG_DATA hierarchy, it will be chosen
> * Default is desktop-dependent (if the user has not expressed a preference,
>   GNOME users expect to see gnome-terminal and KDE users expect konsole)
>   - In particular this means things like the Debian /etc/alternatives
>     mechanism are unsuitable
> Desktops can provide /etc/xdg/$desktop-xdg-terminals.list
> * Reading the configuration format should not require linking to specific
>   implementation libraries
>   - GLib isn't going to want to link to KDE libraries, Qt/KDE isn't going
>     to want to link to GNOME libraries, and neither is likely to want to
>     become dependent on some desktop-agnostic abstraction layer library
>     whose continued maintenance they cannot guarantee
> Plain .desktop entries and ini configs in XDG_CONFIG hierarchy.
> * Different terminals need different arguments to introduce the command
>   to execute
>   - xterm -e
>   - gnome-terminal -x (in old versions)
>   - gnome-terminal -- (in new versions)
> Covered.
> * Some terminal authors will be unwilling to introduce a D-Bus dependency
>   - In particular xterm is unlikely to do this
> Proposal's reference implementation is pure shell.
> Many of the requirements are the same as for MIME-type handling, so
> many of them can be satisfied by an implementation that mimics MIME-type
> handling.
> Exactly.
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