[Panel Plugin] Application Menu ignores Xdg

Genghis Khan genghiskhan at gmx.ca
Mon Jul 1 13:28:05 CEST 2013

Dear Xfce users,

I was wondering if the Application Menu panel plugin is compliant with
Xdg or is this menu opening any desktop launcher of Link type, of any
protocol, in a default exo web browser?

An example of desktop launcher of Link type is attached.
 If I open it with Thunar 1.4.0 > SIP Client is launched. (good)
 If I open it with Application Menu > Web Browser is launched. (bad)

Desktop launcher of SIP client is this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Linphone Softphone
Comment=Linphone is a web-phone
Exec=linphone --call %u

$ xfce4-panel -V
xfce4-panel 4.10.0 (Xfce 4.10)

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Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:39:31 +0200
From: "Genghis Khan" <genghiskhan at gmx.ca>
To: "John White" <john at lawquest.com>
Cc: linphone-users at nongnu.org
Subject: Re: [Linphone-users] Add MimeType entry to desktop file (utilise Xdg)

On Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:49:02 -0700
John White <john at lawquest.com> wrote:

> Genghis Khan wrote:
> > On Sat, 29 Jun 2013 15:22:12 -0700
> > John White <john at lawquest.com> wrote:
> >
> >> This worked well....Linphone now opens from the GUI. Must admit I
> >> had to give up on MenuLibre as it apparently requires slackware 14.
> >> Vector is working on that now.
> >>
> > Please ignore my proposal concerning to MenuLibre as it is merely a
> > Desktop Launcher editor and does not support editing of Desktop
> > Launchers of Link Types, as it seems, nor it support editing of
> > reordering menu categories.
> >
> >> As to the slow loading, that problem is solved (I took all the
> >> "friends" out of linphonerc. However, I now have to copy and paste
> >> contact info (phone numbers), so that's a bummer. I am looking at
> >> faster ways to do this.
> >>
> > Did you try to execute (double click) the Desktop Launcher I
> > attached?
> Yes, it worked fine far as I know. I can now launch linphone from 
> Applications>VoIP.

If you can, then I think this message of mine is unnecessary :-P

> > Would you like to use your system menu to manage your contacts?
> I think so. I have saved the old Friends list from linphonerc to a
> text file. I open that file, search for the name, copy the phone
> number, paste it into linphone and then dial the number. Most
> anything would be better than this.

Sure. Please follow the instructions below:

1) Create a directory ~/.local/share/desktop-directories/
2) Extract voip.directory to ~/.local/share/desktop-directories/
3) Extract xfce-applications.menu to ~/.config/menus/
4) Extract early_music at iptel.org.desktop to ~/.local/share/share/applications/
5) Open Applications Menu of Xfce.

Have fun!

Xfce 4.10: Applications Menu launches a web browser instead - BUG!

* I have attached a patch so you can examine differences between my
* system menu (xfce-applications.menu.origin) file to the one I have
* edited (xfce-applications.menu).

> > Which Desktop Environment are you using?
> xfce4

Yay! I use Xfce, too.

> >
> >> As to the problem with "enable self view" I can't tell if that is
> >> fixed or not (I doubt it) as I no longer have any video codecs in
> >> preferences. They are apparently in linphonerc, but don't show in
> >> the gui window. I probably don't know how to pass VIDEO=yes to the
> >> build script. Here is what I do:
> >>
> >> # ./linphone.SlackBuild VIDEO=yes
> >>
> >> I then use installpkg to install the SBO file. Linphone runs when I
> >> do this but does the Video Input Device is greyed out and no video
> >> codecs show in Preferences.
> >>
> >> You have already done more than enough. Still, any thoughts you
> >> have about any of this, are most appreciated.
> >>
> >> Genghis Khan wrote:
> >>>>> I suggest to import most of your contacts that are not being
> >>>>> used
> >>>>>>> often into an external contact management program that would
> >>>>>>> display contacts in click-able hyperlinks and then use the
> >>>>>>> solution I have proposed.
> >>>>> I think this a good idea and will try to find such a program.
> >>>>>
> >>> Please let me know when you do. I tried to use the address book of
> >>> Claws Mail and I have failed to make a click-able sip: URI.
> >>>
> >>> In the meantime I think I have a very strange solution which you
> >>> might like.
> >>>
> >>> Using the Start Menu Application launcher (of freeDesktop.org).
> >>> More information athttp://wiki.xfce.org/howto/customize-menu
> >>>
> >>> Add a category called VoIP and then extract the attached desktop
> >>> file to ~/.local/share/applications/
> >>>
> >>> This is the content of the attached file:
> >>> [Desktop Entry]
> >>> Encoding=UTF-8
> >>> Name=iptel Early Music
> >>> GenericName=Test Music VoIP Bot
> >>> Comment=Call to iptel Early Music
> >>> Type=Link
> >>> URL=sip:early_music at iptel.org
> >>> Icon=sip-bookmark
> >>> Categories=VoIP;
> >>>
> >>> You might want to do some of the above actions using MenuLibre.
> >>> http://www.smdavis.us/projects/menulibre
> >>> https://launchpad.net/menulibre
> >>>
> >

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