[Fedora-packaging] installing an icon to the desktop?
xwaver at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 17:58:36 UTC 2011
So, long story short:
Is there one or more documented Fedora standard that says you can't do it? I
think there used to be, but not anymore.
Is there an easy way to do it? Yes. There's even an xdg utility to do so
properly in a freedesktop compliant way. See
Should you do it? Not necessarily. Being freedesktop compliant is nice, but
you should always have an application menu icon also. Not all window
managers view ~/Desktop icons. Gnome and KDE happen to do so. See
Now as a personal preference, I try to have as few Launchers on the desktop
as possible. So, I'd think the REALLY smart option, in the interest of
choice is to have a subpackage that runs xdg-desktop-icon in %post.
That covers your bases, gives the user an option, and doesn't violate any
standards that I can see. If a standard banning Launcher install re-emerges,
you won't have to do major surgery to your spec, and it will degrade
Does that satisfy any|everyone?
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On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Jon Ciesla <limb at jcomserv.net> wrote:
> Erik Blankinship wrote:
> > > > So, with this in mind, I am wondering if there is a way for an rpm to
> > > > create an icon on the gnome desktop. If it is possible, could
> > > > point me towards an example or some documentation?
> > > >
> > > > Also, can someone point me to the fedora policy against desktop
> > > > It would be helpful to see the policy so as to avoid other pitfalls.
> > > > Thanks much!
> > > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines
> > Ok, looking specifically at:
> > https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines#Desktop_files
> > I can't find anything here about putting an icon on the user's
> > desktop. When I create near identical .desktop file to the one listed
> > on that page, it just creates a gnome menu item.
> > I also don't see anything on this page advising me against putting an
> > icon on the dektop.
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