hp at redhat.com
Sun Jun 9 21:49:59 BST 2002
Having two concepts of "the desktop" is no good for users, and by
convenient coincidence GNOME has always used ~/.gnome-desktop which
So I'd like to get this fixed. I can volunteer Red Hat developers
(Bero and I probably) to do both the GNOME and KDE patches.
My proposed approach is that we use a package something like this one:
This package has ZERO dependencies. ;-) It's all shell scripts. I
propose putting it on freedesktop.org and giving CVS access to people
who currently maintain the GNOME and KDE equivalent functionality.
Here's what the package involves - I am totally willing to change any
of the details though:
- there's a script desktop-directory-update, to be run on login
- this script first ensures that ~/Desktop exists
- then it runs all scripts in sysconfdir/desktop-directory/upgrade.d,
these scripts are supposed to migrate old setups such as
~/.gnome-desktop. My package currently installs a "gnome-upgrade"
script to this directory.
- then it runs all scripts in
sysconfdir/desktop-directory/populate.d, these scripts are supposed
to populate ~/Desktop with default contents. My package currently
comes with with a "home-and-trash" script that creates empty files
Home.desktop and Trash.desktop - obviously it should do a bit
This is really simple, no dependencies, it's nice for sysadmins since
they can add scripts to upgrade.d or populate.d to put custom stuff on
the desktop, it's extensible for distributions, etc. I think KDE
currently has a dir of files that get placed in ~/Desktop by default -
we can have a script in populate.d that copies this dir over, so there
would be no loss of backward compat.
The big outstanding issue: we need to do Home and Trash in the same
way, or at least ignore each other's Home and Trash. In GNOME, both of
these are desktop files but with somewhat funky/nonstandard
contents. I think in KDE Home is a desktop file and Trash is a
directory? Worse, the filenames are ~/Desktop/Trash and
~/.gnome-desktop/Trash so they collide.
~/.gnome-desktop/Trash is special-cased anyhow, so it's possibly quite
easy for us to move to using a directory here. I haven't looked at it
The KDE Home desktop file on my system has:
Exec=kfmclient openProfile filemanagement
And Nautilus creates this:
I propose something along these lines:
And I'll investigate having GNOME treat a directory called
~/Desktop/Trash the same as the desktop file called
Comments? Can we get this fix adopted upstream if we make the patches?
Thanks for any help in solving this problem.
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