9.1 Proposal: Legacy compatibility.

Marco Pesenti Gritti mpgritti at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 15:52:28 EDT 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:45 PM, C. Scott Ananian <cscott at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 3:36 PM, Erik Garrison <erik at laptop.org> wrote:
> > Perhaps we could also investigate the use of the xdg utilities for
> > managing mimetype associations and installing activities?
> Good point.  I've talked with sugar folk about this some already.  My
> Journal2 code is going to use the GIO app launching mechanism, which
> is based on XDG, and sugar already uses XDG mechanisms to register
> mime types.  Michael's already been thinking about how we can
> interpose rainbow-launch into app launching, which is not inconsistent
> with the XDG mechanisms.  I think we've been a bit unsatisfied with
> how XDG scatters information about activities across the filesystem
> (mime types here, .desktop files there, etc); Sugar prefers the "all
> information related to an activity in a single directory" model,
> pioneered by NextSTEP and used in Mac OS X, etc.  I think that can be
> made consistent with the XDG mechanisms, either by using a very long
> XDG_DATA_DIR spec which lists all the activity directories, or by
> using a userland filesystem to generate the proper XDG directory
> contents based on the activity registry.  I should flesh this out and
> we'll deal with the details during the presentation.

The way it's done right now is to copy mime information to ~/.local at
installation time.

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