Unifying ~/Desktop

David Faure david at mandrakesoft.com
Tue Jun 11 14:05:27 BST 2002

On Monday 10 June 2002 14:52, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > 4. The biggest problem i see with this proposal is trash handling. Nautilus
> > and konqueror handle this very differently. Konqueror creates a trash folder
> > in the desktop directory in which it stores all trash files. Nautilus creates
> > .trash files on the various file systems per users which are than integrated
> > by the trash view. Nautilus's trash icon on the desktop is simply a .desktop
> > file that launches the trash view. Should nautilus simply not display konq's
> > trash folder on the desktop and in the file manager view of the
> > desktop folder?

I'm happy to see KDE changed into using a .desktop file instead of a directory.
Of course the .desktop file would need to point to the directory somehow
(e.g. URL= or Exec= and/or a "here's where to drop items when dropping something
on me" field, which might be a good thing to have in the spec too).

The point is that if that .desktop file acts as:
* click on me to open the trash dir
* move files to the trash when dropping files on me
* have the standard options for the trash in the rmb (empty trash etc.)
then we don't really need it to be a real directory, it could be a link.
This will also make the migration to a real trash ioslave easier, when someone
actually implements it.

David FAURE, david at mandrakesoft.com, faure at kde.org
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