${SNAP}_${APP}.desktop created instead of {SNAP}.desktop (breaks mpris with vlc)

Bug #1604887 reported by JB VideoLAN on 2016-07-20
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Bug Description

It seems that the MPRIS control does not work, because it's based on the desktop file using the application name, and this is renamed when installing (if I understood correctly).

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

AIUI from the desktop team is that ${SNAP}_${APP}.desktop is created, when it should be: ${SNAP}.desktop. Eg:


Copying this to /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/vlc.desktop works around the issue.

Changed in snappy:
status: New → Confirmed
Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

Retitling this bug since it isn't strictly mpris-specific. I just tested this with snapd 2.12+0.16.04 and it is still affected.

summary: - MPRIS interface does not work
+ ${SNAP}_${APP}.desktop created instead of {SNAP}.desktop (breaks mpris
+ with vlc)
Changed in snappy:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High

Not sure how the mpris libraries acts here, but I guess that something like is done for libappindicator and libunity (more recently) is done [1].

So basically when in snap context, the app should prepend the desktop-id with its snap namespace when looking for its own desktop-id.

[1] https://code.launchpad.net/~3v1n0/libunity/desktop-use-snap-namespace/+merge/337252

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