Identical applications.menu handling for GNOME, KDE (and XFCE)

Bug #297226 reported by Harald Sitter on 2008-11-12
2
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-menus (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs
Nominated for Karmic by Charlie Kravetz

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-menus

As part of the investigation for bug 297195 we (Kubuntu) noticed that GNOME doesn't use gnome-applications.menu like suggested in the desktop menu spec. [1]

According to the Xubuntu people XFCE is going to implement the menu spec in upcoming version 4.6, so I guess having all 3 major desktops is a perfect reason to completely follow the specification's suggestion.

That said. GNOME should use gnome-applications.menu and set the $XDG_MENU_PREFIX environment variable to "gnome-" in the script/application responsible for launching GNOME/creating the GNOME menu tree. Same will most likely be done for XFCE once 4.6 is available and KDE will follow this approach as part of the above mentioned bug' solution

[1] http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/menu-spec-latest.html

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report, that's something which has already been discussed several times but which is not trivial to do and which can lead to menu editors bugs for example

Changed in gnome-menus:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist

Trivial or not, it is desirable and should be tasked for Jaunty.

The specification provides for exactly our situation, and having the major desktop environments all play nice is certainly a desirable outcome.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

you are welcome to work on the required changes, this has been discussed several times and it has been decided to not hurry in those changes, the debian pkg-gnome is interested in such changes too though and if somebody is doing the required work that will be considered

Changed in gnome-menus (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Daniel Holbach (dholbach) wrote :

The drivers of Ubuntu have little to do with this bug.

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