[Thunar-dev] The Thunar Path

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Wed Nov 16 19:50:59 CET 2005

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On 11/16/2005 10:02 AM, Benedikt Meurer wrote:
> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>>>>Concerning "Enqueue in Xfmedia": This should be done as a desktop
>>>>action, which thunar will support as soon I finish the patch.
>>How do "desktop actions" work?
> See the spec, key "Actions" (be sure to check the example as well):
> http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/ar01s04.html

Unfortunately, the key table says basically nothing about how actions
work, or what their purpose is (and the registering MIME types section
still doesn't).  The example doesn't even have an "Actions" key.

I also don't see where it says anything about creating new groups for
each action.  Indeed, in the section about extending the format, it
specifically says that extra groups in the file should have the form
"[X-PRODUCT GROUPNAME]", which the example doesn't do.

Or did I miss something somewhere?

So my questions, which the spec doesn't address, are:

1) Do I create a new group in the file for each action?
2) Do the names of these new groups have to start with "Desktop Action"?
3) If #2 is yes, what do I put in the "Actions" key?  The full title of
each group, or just the part after "Desktop Action"?
4) If I were just reading the spec, and we weren't talking about this in
a file manager context, and Benny didn't just give an example of how
they're used, I'd be asking "WTF is an action, and what are they for?"

Someone needs to LART the authors of this spec.


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