.desktop files and freedesktop.org standard

Waldo Bastian bastian at kde.org
Thu Aug 19 10:03:33 BST 2004

On Thursday 19 August 2004 07:15, Clarence Dang wrote:
> Hi,
> ----------  Forwarded Message  ----------
> Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 11:52:38 +0200
> From: Dries Verachtert <dries at ulyssis.org>
> To: Clarence Dang <dang at kde.org>
> (...)
> Please note that the make install of kolourpaint places the desktop file
> in /usr/share/applications/kde/ and not in /usr/share/applications which
> should be used following the freedesktop standard (so it works in
> freedesktop compatible windowmanagers like kde and gnome). Now it only
> works in kde i think.

The standard allows to place files in subdirectories in which case the 
subdirectory name will be used as vendor prefix.

See http://freedesktop.org/Standards/menu-spec/0.8/ar01s04.html

"If the directory contains sub-directories then these sub-directories should 
be (recursively) scanned as well. The name of the subdirectory should be 
added as prefix to the desktop-file id together with a dash character ("-") 
So given a <AppDir> /foo/bar and desktop entry /foo/bar/booz/Hello.desktop 
the desktop entry would get a desktop-file id of booz-Hello.desktop A desktop 
entry /foo/bar/bo/oz/Hello.desktop would result in a desktop-file id of 

> Please also note that the Categories should contain 'Application' within
> the desktop file to be freedesktop compatible.

Where do you read that? 
http://freedesktop.org/Standards/menu-spec/0.8/apa.html does not list 
'Application' at all.

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