[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#480380: Bug#480380: Bug#480380: xfce4: No easy way to add launchers from the menu to the panel

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Fri May 16 12:50:23 UTC 2008

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:32:43AM +0000, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> If I want to contribute to xfce, but want my changes in debian, is it
> better to contribute to upstream directly and have the changes
> percolate through, or would it be better to modify the debian packages,
> send you the patches, and you send them upstream?
> (That would work better for my purposes as far as having my changes in
> debian, but whether that works for you and/or upstream is another
> question).  

You can open bugs both in Debian BTS and Xfce bugzilla, submit patches here
and there, and forward the Debian bug to Xfce one. That way we'll be informed.
If the patch looks good, we may want to include it in our packages even before
it's integrated upstream, but generally I prefer having upstream advice before
integrating patches.
> Is there a debian mailing list for xfce?

Yes, pkg-xfce-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org. See
http://pkg-xfce.alioth.debian.org/ too.
> Regards,
> Daniel
> My first xfce change however will not be xfce-specific but rather a
> DE-agnostic cd/dvd burning frontend because that is sorely lacking.
> Everything in the repositories is either for gnome or kde.

You may want to look at xfburn, not yet in Debian because of (un)availability
of libburnia or something like that.

> I also need to find or modify one of the DE-agnostic music players.
> MPD-based stuff doesn't have 'smart playlists' or song ratings, and
> exaile and quod libet (which do have those features) are
> gstreamer-based and currently broken in xfce.

Broken? It seemed to work fine here the last time I checked. What's the
problem? (I run rhythmbox on a Xfce/sid desktop)
> Come to think of it, most of my xfce plans are more about DE-agnostic
> changes than xfce-specific enhancements.  Which is the way I like it.
> I like xfce because it doesn't try to be an environment in the sense of
> gnome or kde, where apps are built specifically for that environment.
> Except plugins and ui stuff like adding to panels of course.  

Yeah, Xfce is designed to be modular, and I like that too.

> In fact, if I understand the xfce apps correctly, most of
> them could be used independently of the rest of the environment.  The
> panel, for instance, could be used by with a different window manager,
> if I'm understanding the separation of concerns correctly.

Exactly :)

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