MAN Solaris - gnome-desktop-item-edit (1)

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NAME

gnome-desktop-item-edit - GNOME Desktop file editor

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS

gnome-desktop-item-edit [--create-new] filename

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DESCRIPTION

gnome-desktop-item-edit is the GNOME Desktop file editor, which you can use to create or edit the .desktop (known as desktop) file. GNOME uses a standard desktop file specification as proposed by freedesktop.org. A desktop file consists of a number of name-value pairs that define how a desktop should organize a particular application. As this is defined as an open standard, integration of applications into GNOME Desktop is relatively straightforward.

A basic entry in the desktop file must start with a tag called [Desktop Entry]. It can then have a number of name-value pairs as defined by the standard. The minimum entries are as follows:

Name the name of the application

Comment a textual description of the application which is displayed as a tooltip message by gnome-panel. When set appropriately, the comment can be localized within the same file.

Exec the name of the actual executable

Icon the file name of the icon image

Type the desktop file type

Categories a multi-string field which is used by gnome-panel to group applications into the appropriate categories.

These desktop files provide the information to gnome-panel, which       places the application in the appropriate locations on the panel. In a similar manner, the GNOME file manager (Nautilus) uses information from the desktop files to display the ’applications:///’ view.

OPTIONS

The following options are supported:

--create-new Creates a new .desktop file.

OPERANDS

The following operands are supported:

filename The name of the desktop file to be edited or viewed.

EXAMPLES

Example 1: Editing an existing .desktop file

example% gnome-desktop-item-edit fullpath/filename

This command invokes the launcher dialog and loads the contents of the specified desktop file into the relevant fields.

EXIT STATUS

The following exit values are returned:

0 Application exited successfully

>0 Application exited with failure

FILES

The following files are used by this application:

/usr/bin/gnome-desktop-item-edit

Executable for GNOME Desktop file editor

/usr/share/applications/

Location of system desktop files

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE
AvailabilitySUNWgnome-panel
Interface stabilityVolatile

SEE ALSO

gnome-panel(1), nautilus(1)

Latest version of the GNOME Desktop User Guide for your platform.

NOTES

Written by Ghee Teo, Sun Microsystems Inc., 2003.

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