K-Menu, XDG menus and Kiosk woes

Jonathan Riddell jriddell at ubuntu.com
Thu Jan 19 16:03:03 GMT 2006

On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 04:41:28PM +0100, Torsten Rahn wrote:
> 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 
> tag:
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/menu-spec-0.9.html#desktop-entry-extensions-examples

That applies to the .desktop files, not the applications.menu file.

> 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 
> old! 

My fix is either to agree on a standard applications.menu layout with
gnome or as implemented to move the file (which is less than a year
old, and Kubuntu has never shipped with any other setup).


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