[lokisetup] Gnome 2.0...

Stephane Peter megastep at megastep.org
Mon Mar 1 14:02:06 EST 2004

I wouldn't say it's completely hosed either... I know for a fact that
the current version has been installing on Gnome 2.0 systems for a
while. I don't know if anything else would have changed, but as Sean is
mentioning, they are moving to the Freedesktop.org spec now.

I did take a look at the vfolder XML files for a while, but after
examining what the defaults were in most distributions, in many cases
new XML entries are not needed. Often it's just a matter of making sure
the desktop files end up in the right place, and that the Categories
line in them is set to something that will show up in the menus (there's
an install option in setup for that).

On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 06:26, Sean Middleditch wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-03-01 at 03:14, Ryan C. Gordon wrote:
> > Okay, I'm not nuts, Gnome menu installation is just straightup hosed in
> > loki_setup, at least for gnome 2.0.
> > 
> > The installation of the item itself appears to be correct, but now you
> > need to update an XML file to get Gnome to notice it, which is lame as
> > hell.
> Wrong.  You just need to install the menu entries in a standards
> compliant (http://www.freedesktop.org) manner, instead of using the
> archaic "proprietary" GNOME/KDE/Debian/Mandrake/whoever methods.  If you
> install a single standards-compliant .desktop file in
> /usr/share/applications, the menu entry should appear perfectly fine in
> modern GNOME, KDE, XFCE, ROX, etc.
> Yes, that breaks compatibility with older versions of these desktop
> systems, but then, the old proprietary menu formats broke compatibility
> quite often as well, so it's rather a moot argument.  ;-)
Stephane Peter
Sr. Software Engineer
Codehost, Inc.

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