All right, let's solve these .desktop issues forever

Damjan Jovanovic dj015 at
Thu Aug 10 01:46:29 CDT 2006

--- Scott Ritchie <scott at> wrote:

> As of right now, I'd estimate that over half of our
> users are using Wine
> from a terminal window to launch their applications,
> largely because
> their window manager doesn't put Wine's Start Menu
> entries into their
> applications menu.
> Wine's been making .desktop files for some time,
> however it seems like
> they're being put in the wrong place.  There's
> supposedly a proper,
> standard place to put them (or there should be), and
> perhaps a hack can
> be put in at the package-maintainer level, but in
> any case this is a
> pretty big usability issue at the moment.

Look at the Portland project, they have cross-desktop
(Gnome, KDE, XFCE) tools for installing .desktop
files. Maybe we should integrate them into wine?

> I'm pretty confident that someone here knows the
> answer to how things
> should be, and I'm also pretty sure it's a fairly
> simple change to make.
> Either way, we need to have a discussion about it -
> what's the next step
> here?
> Thanks,
> Scott Ritchie

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