Re: Installing menu entries

Ah, got it working by editing that xml-file although I had to remove
some entries from "Categories" section in the desktop file (for some

There is still a related problem though. I'm having a look at
autopackage (, which tries to register an
application for a certain MIME type. It seems to do that by adding
a .keys file to ~/.gnome/mime-info/. Unfortunately this does not work.
Is this also a GNOME <= 2.4 remnant that is no longer supported?

Since this seems to cause such problems, shouldn't gnome have some kind
of register_mime_type/register_desktop_file types of functions, so that
developers don't need to mess with this low-level stuff?

// Johan

On Sun, 2004-10-24 at 00:27 +0200, Hongli Lai wrote:
> Johan Ersvik wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > When installing a menu entry system wide it's enough to simply put
> > a .desktop file in /usr/share/applications but for a user local install
> > I try to put the desktop file in ~/.gnome2/vfolders/applications but
> > nothing shows up in the menu. Am I missing something? How do I do this
> > the right way?
> It's unfortunate that I have to say this, but: there is none. You're not 
> doing anything wrong, it's just not possible. The 
> ~/.gnome2/vfolders/applications way worked on *some* GNOME <= 2.4 
> desktops, and not on others. We're all supposed to move to the 
> menu spec, but GNOME upstream still uses the old 
> vfolders implementation. RedHat GNOME has partial support for the FDO 
> spec, but it's not merged upstream. For GNOME 2.6+, you have to resort 
> to a hack which involves editing 
> ~/.gnome2/vfolders/applications-all-users.vfolder-info or something like 
> that.
> It's all a huge mess currently. :(
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