K-Menu, XDG menus and Kiosk woes

Torsten Rahn torsten.rahn at credativ.de
Thu Jan 19 15:41:28 GMT 2006

Am Donnerstag, 19. Januar 2006 14:19 schrieb Jonathan Riddell:
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 03:06:54PM +0100, Torsten Rahn wrote:
> It is a shame but the trouble comes from the spec being essentially
> incomplete in that it makes distros choose either the Gnome menu
> layout or the KDE menu layout, or split as we have done. 

To distinguish items appearing in KDE and Gnome the spec defines the ShowIn 


This would be a viable solution while respecting the specs. Due to the fact 
that empty Categories/Directories don't show up this would even work for 

I agree that applications.menu files might become harder to read if they 
contain KDE as well as gnome stuff and you can just distinguish both by 
looking into desktop-files. 
However splitting this directory neglecting any possible path for forward- or 
backward-compatibility is a 
no-no! Especially as this does hit migrations on enterprise level without 
warning and without assistance! 
And if you see the need for an extension in a completely incompatible way 
(this basically pulls the plug for Kiosk to work correctly right from the 
start!), why hasn't there been any proposal on the respective 
freedesktop-list, yet? After all KDE 3.4 and this "fix" are more than a year 

> If there was 
> an agreed layout hosted on freedesktop.org in the same way as there is
> an agreed index.theme file for the hicolour icon theme that would be
> great.
> Jonathan

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Kind regards,

        Torsten Rahn

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