Re: In the interests of standardation ...
If anyone here is known on the Caldera/Red Hat lists we should ask them to
post a follow up to the original message.
If we could get some element of standarization between Debian/Red
Hat/Caldera it would be [IMHO] a "Good Thing".
Someone want to voluenteer?
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On Sun, 28 Dec 1997, Joey Hess wrote:
> George Bonser wrote:
> > I sangged the below from the Caldera mailing list. It describes a method
> > that Red Hat has come up with so that packages can add themselves to the
> > menus of different window managers when the package is installed. It is
> > GPLed and looks like a good idea.
> Debian already has the excellent menu package, that does just this. It's
> been around for over a year now, and about 275 packages in unstable
> currently use it.
> > The basic concept is that each package contains config files that
> > live in /etc/X11/wmconfig that define the menu entry in a generic
> > way. The user can also override those entries in their home directory
> > (~/.wmconfig).
> Check, menu is the same. (though the files go in /usr/lib/menu, /etc/menu,
> and ~/.menu/)
> > There is then an app called 'wmconfig' that processes the information
> > in all those files into window manager specific menu entries (it
> > is a C program that is architected to be modular in nature...it can
> > currently handle fvwm2, afterstep, and mwm style output).
> Ah, I think menu is better here. Menu implements a specialized programming
> language. You write a config file in this language, which makes it output
> config files for a window manager. This is more easily modified by the
> end-user, becuase you don't have to recompile anything.
> > have to use some help to get that data into a config file...in RH
> > we use fvwm2's m4 pre-processing to do it. You could hack any WM
> > pretty easily to support this.
> Debian's menu package is already supported by:
> pdmenu (not even a window manager, just a menu program)
> dwww (not a window manager either)
> > The key is that the data is generic and should be easy to deal with
> > by another external program.
> I'd be interested to know what data format they use. Debian's menu package
> is designed to use an extensible format, composed of key and value pairs.
> So you can very easily add new fields if you need them.
> see shy jo
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