Suggested changes to the menubuilder etc.

Scott Ritchie scott at
Fri Dec 16 00:03:07 CST 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-15 at 09:36 -0800, Bill Medland wrote:
> On December 15, 2005 01:00 am, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-12-14 at 14:51 -0800, Bill Medland wrote:
> > > I am intending doing some work and submitting some patches
> > > to "improve" the integration with the operating system
> > > desktop integration.  Rather than waste time coding up my
> > > ideas and having Alexandre reject them I thought I'd start
> > > by specifying what I intend and awaiting a barrage of
> > > complaints.  So please do comment.
> > If you want prose, check out my (draft) spec for a super-cool
> > integrated Wine in Ubuntu:
> >
> >
> >
> > I would be forever grateful if you could help me get this
> > working nice by doing what can be done upstream.
> >
> > As for where Wine needs to put .desktop files to put new
> > entries in the applications menu, the standard place from what
> > I hear is in ~/.local/share/applications.  As for adding a new
> > "Windows" program group, that has to be done somewhere else,
> > but I believe that's out of the scope of Wine at the moment
> > (ie: in another package).
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Scott Ritchie
> Thanks for the comments, Scott.
> Regarding your spec:
> In Design/Nautilus and Gnome/Para 2:  It is not clear which icon 
> you mean.  Do you mean the icon that appears in Nautilus and 
> which the user double-clicks or otherwise "executes"?  If so 
> then I disagree; that icon should be the executable's icon; the 
> package provider has gone to the trouble to produce an icon that 
> reflects the program and it should be used; at that level it 
> should not be relevant that it is running under Wine.  If you 
> mean the "busy cursor" then maybe I agree, but what does it 
> achieve?  Anyway, why should the Wine icon be used; does the 
> user really care how the program is being executed?

By this I meant the default executable icon in the nautilus explorer.
An executable installed by a package wouldn't be launched in nautilus
this way, nor would most Windows programs once installed (they would
instead be launched in the applications menu).

Scott Ritchie

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