Formal complaint concerning the use of the name "System Settings"

Ambroz Bizjak ambrop7 at
Tue Jul 26 10:48:12 BST 2011

Hi Mark,

I am strongly opposed to the particular solution you are implementing.
You are trying to extend the desktop file specification in a very
non-generic and non-intuitive way, and people will obviously oppose

The particular problems I see with your original proposed solution are:
- You are only extending the "Name" field. It will not be possible to
have a DE-specific GenericName field, for example.
- You are adding two new fields to the specification, when the same
effect could be achieved with just one new field (or class of fields)
- Anything that is not aware of the your extension (which probably
means it is not KDE) will be using the KDE-specific name rather than
the generic name, until that software was patched to understand the

Please consider my second suggestion - it is a much more generic
solution, and it does not have any of the problems I listed above.

I'm sorry, I messed up the example there; it should say:

Name=KDE System Settings
Specific-KDE-Name=System Settings

To implement this solution I guess you'd have to modify
KConfigGroup::readEntry to first look for "Specific-KDE-<name>" and
revert to "<name>" if the former does not exist.


On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:53 AM, Ambroz Bizjak <ambrop7 at> wrote:
>> Hi Mark,
>> The localization stuff you're concerned about is happening below the
>> desktop file layer (in KDE's case, kconfigdata.h), and should work
>> automatically, i.e. if you ask for some key it will automatically give
>> you a localized version if available.
>> Also, DE-specific desktop file keys would be a good thing to have in
>> general, so I hope people do not oppose the idea just because it's not
>> the ideal solution to this particular problem. Besides, it's (I think)
>> very easy to implement, so even if we don't manage to push it, it
>> wouldn't be that much time lost :) . I've done many enhancements to
>> open-source projects, and many of them weren't liked by the developers
>> - but I still think I did the right thing, and I'm not afraid of
>> contributing for the fear of being opposed.
>> Regards,
>> Ambroz
>> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:19 AM, Mark <markg85 at> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM, Ambroz Bizjak <ambrop7 at> wrote:
>>>> Hi Mark,
>>>> I've done some small research on what components would have to be
>>>> updated for the desktop-specific-names solution. I think that would
>>>> be:
>>>> - The Desktop Entry Specification,
>>>> - KDE's KDesktopFile,
>>>> - Xfce's libxfce4menu, in particular
>>>> - Gnome's libgnome-menu, in particular
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Ambroz
>>> Hi,
>>> Thanx for the list. I already found the spec and kde file.
>>> One thing i can't find though is the part that makes multilanguage
>>> stuff for desktop files working.. Those 3 source files all just grab
>>> the Name value but where does it do the magic that happens when i set
>>> my language to dutch.. then it grabs Name[nl] but where does it do
>>> that? Asking that since the properties i proposed should have multi
>>> language suppert as well..
>>> And besides that.. I do want to implement it, but i'm getting the
>>> feeling there isn't that much support for it thus wasting my time if i
>>> implement it since it won't get accepted anyway. (which i rather
>>> avoid).
>>> It's just a feeling and i hope i'm wrong...
>>> Regards,
>>> Mark
> You are completely right.
> However one small question.. In KDE you have a readName function that
> reads the Name value from the desktop file. But how should that behave
> if a desktop file has the following and is read from a KDE
> environment:
> NativeDE=Gnome
> NameNonNative=Gnome System Settings
> Would the readName property then return the NameNonNative value if
> it's read from a KDE environment..?
> That would seem the most easy solution but a bit dirty as well -- only
> seems nice if the spec would specifically say that the Name property
> is overwritten by NameNonNative if the NativeDE property is set and
> different from the currently used DE.

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