Desktop Entry files don't support relative paths

Bug #372514 reported by Endolith on 2009-05-06
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Bug Description

.desktop files are used for Menu entries to launch applications, and are managed by Ubuntu packages. In this case, absolute pathnames are ok, since the .desktop file exists in a specific directory and the absolute pathname of the executable is known from the package, etc.

.desktop files are also used for Launchers, however. In this case, it would be very useful to allow relative paths (for both Exec and Icon), so that the Launcher can be bundled along with an app that doesn't have a .deb package, and still be launched easily from any directory.

http://<email address hidden>/msg04553.html

Endolith (endolith) on 2009-05-06
description: updated
summary: - Desktop Entry files don't allow relative paths
+ Desktop Entry files don't support relative paths
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.
Is this bug reproducible with the latest Lucid packages ?
Thanks in advance.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

We'd like to figure out what's causing this bug for you, but we haven't heard back from you in a while. Could you please provide the requested information? Thanks!

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to "New". Thanks again!

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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