[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#489441: xfce4: Please using Debian menu as main menu, not xdg

Daniel Dickinson cshore at fionavar.ca
Sat Jul 5 19:40:30 UTC 2008

Package: xfce4
Severity: wishlist

There is an ongoing discussion of this in bug #484656 and debian-devel at lists.debian.org.  Not all package maintainers are willing to supply .desktop files and therefore create menu entries in the xdg menu, for packages with debian menu entries, because .desktop files are not in policy.  This means the main menu is incomplete.

While the debian menu is available as a submenu that is suboptimal because you either have to look in a second place if you don't find it in the main menu, or always look in the submenu, which begs the question of why the main menu is the main one.  The debian menu is the system defined in policy and is canonical; every package that has menu entries has them in debian-menu.

I am especially interested in this because I will, after lenny, be putting together a number of systems for new users of xfce, and I think the two places to look (or not finding the program at all because they don't know to look in the Debian submenu) situation should be remedied before then.  I know that it is an easy fix, just a matter of swapping two lines in the menu definition file (/etc/xdg/xfce4/desktop/menu.xml ? )



-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_CA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages xfce4 depends on:
ii  gtk2-engines-xfce             2.4.2-2    A GTK+-2.0 theme engine for Xfce
ii  thunar                        0.9.0-10   File Manager for Xfce
ii  xfce4-icon-theme              4.4.2-1    Xfce Standard icon theme
ii  xfce4-mcs-plugins             4.4.2-4    Special modules for the xfce4-mcs-
ii  xfce4-panel                   4.4.2-6    The Xfce4 desktop environment pane
ii  xfce4-session                 4.4.2-6    Xfce4 Session Manager
ii  xfce4-utils                   4.4.2-8    Various tools for Xfce
ii  xfdesktop4                    4.4.2-7    Provides desktop background and ro
ii  xfwm4                         4.4.2-5    window manager of the Xfce project

Versions of packages xfce4 recommends:
ii  desktop-base                  4.0.7      common files for the Debian Deskto
ii  orage                Calendar for Xfce Desktop Environm
ii  xfce4-mixer                   4.4.2-3    Xfce4 Mixer frontend
ii  xfce4-terminal                0.2.8-5    Xfce terminal emulator
ii  xfprint4                      4.4.2-5    Printer GUI for Xfce4
ii  xorg                          1:7.3+12   X.Org X Window System

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