Rash of .desktop files xscreensaver package

Bug #1399579 reported by Faron Anslow on 2014-12-05
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
xscreensaver (Debian)
xscreensaver (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

the xscreensaver package installs a .desktop file for each screensaver under /usr/share/applications/xscreensaver. In GNOME 3 these all show up in the applications overlay in the "Activities" screen. Is there a good reason for all of the .desktop files? Can they be places in a default location such that they don't show up as GNOME 3 Apps? Not sure what the behaviour is in Unity, but I'd guess it's the same. This is bad behaviour for the GUI dependent user -- i.e. me -- who may not connect a recent install with a new flood of iconless apps that will then quietly run in the background if clicked.

So, to summarise:

What I'm trying to achieve: modify installation of xscreensaver package such that .desktop files either don't exist or install in a location where GNOME (and other desktop environments) wont pick them up.

Steps I took: installed xscreensaver package under Ubuntu 14.10 with GNOME 3.12

What I would like to have happen: Allow install without the apps appearing in GNOME Activities Apps overlay.

Thanks much and I'm willing to help as much as I can.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.10
Package: xscreensaver (not installed)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-25.33-generic 3.16.7
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-25-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.14.7-0ubuntu8
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: GNOME
Date: Fri Dec 5 01:22:03 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-10-27 (39 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-GNOME 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" - Release amd64 (20141022.1)
SourcePackage: xscreensaver
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Faron Anslow (faron-anslow) wrote :
no longer affects: xscreensaver

Added debian upstream bug (After first adding wrong project, hence message above)

Changed in xscreensaver (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
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