The desktop-file-utils package contains command line utilities for working with desktop entries. These utilities are used by GNOME-2 and other applications to manipulate the MIME-types application databases and help adhere to the Desktop Entry Specification.
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Install desktop-file-utils by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr && make
This package does not come with a test suite.
Now, as the root user:
The XDG Base Directory specification defines the standard locations for applications to place data and configuration files. These files can be used, for instance, to define the menu structure and menu items in a desktop environment.
The default location for configuration files to be installed is /etc/xdg, and the default locations for data files are /usr/local/share and /usr/share. These locations can be extended with the environment variables XDG_CONFIG_DIRS and XDG_DATA_DIRS, respectively. The GNOME, KDE and XFCE environments respect respect these settings. Update the XDG_DATA_DIRS (if necessary) and XDG_CONFIG_DIRS environment variables so that the additional MIME-types application databases and desktop menu files are properly maintained and discovered by adding the following to the system-wide or personal profile:
XDG_DATA_DIRS=$GNOME_PREFIX/share:/usr/local/share:/usr/share XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=/etc/gnome/2.14.3/xdg:/etc/xdg export XDG_DATA_DIRS XDG_CONFIG_DIRS
XDG_DATA_DIRS=$KDE_PREFIX/share:/usr/local/share:/usr/share XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=/etc/kde/xdg:/etc/xdg export XDG_DATA_DIRS XDG_CONFIG_DIRS
For XFCE, the default locations should be appropriate if the instructions in the BLFS book were followed.
When a package installs a .desktop file to a location in one the base data directories, a database mapping MIME-types to available applications can be updated. For instance, the cache file at /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache can be rebuilt by executing the following command as the root user:
is used to install a new, or modify an existing desktop file entry. It is also used to rebuild or modify the MIME-types application database.
is used to verify the integrity of a desktop file.
is used to update the MIME-types application database.
Last updated on 2007-01-29 23:53:34 -0600