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Re: [CTTE #741573] Debian Menu System

2015-09-05 3:49 GMT+02:00 Osamu Aoki <osamu@debian.org>:
>    2. In addition to those changes, the Technical Committee resolves
>       that packages providing a .desktop file shall not also provide a
>       menu file for the same application.

That's good idea in general.  I hope lintian warning should come soon.

This reminds me some DE dependent .desktop file.  Is there any best
practice how to do it for Debian?  KDE app not showing up on GNOME and
vice versa.  How to decide how much .desktop data are NotShowIn for what

In general: Do not use NotShowIn/OnlyShowIn for most applications.
There are only a few areas where it is actually useful, and this is almost exclusively configuration tools specific to one desktop environment.
Another question: Is there any list of DE names supporting .desktop
file?  Whitelisting with "OnlyShowIn" entry requires such list.

You mean the list of registered desktop environments?
Take a look at http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/menu-spec-latest.html#onlyshowin-registry

Maybe we shoyld recommend explicit black list using "NotShowIn" entry
over whitelisting with "OnlyShowIn" entry.

Why that? OnlyShowIn makes usually much more sense, but in general it heavily depends on the case which of the keys makes the most sense.


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