[Debichem-devel] FYI: Menu transition and .desktop files

Daniel Leidert daniel.leidert.spam at gmx.net
Mon Aug 13 17:11:58 UTC 2007

Hi all,

(1) Debian menu system

This is just a reminder/information for those, that maybe missed it: The
categories (sections) for the Debian menu have been changed. So for all
menu files containg


the new entry must be


(or similar, if another category fits better). Note, that
"Applications/Science" is not a valid category. Lintian checks have been
adjusted to catch issues here.

Further I found some interesting thing we could use: The hints field
(see file:///usr/share/doc/menu/html/ch3.html#s3.8 or
Maybe we should make use of this field for apps that could be grouped,

- molecular viewers (rasmol, viewmol, pymol, ...)
- structure editors (xdrawchem, gchempaint, bkchem, chemtool, ...)

Maybe some other suggestions or comments?

(2) freedesktop.org .desktop files

Further I was informed, that some widely used entries in .desktop files
have become deprecated (like e.g. the Encoding field, which we use in a
lot of .desktop files). Please check your .desktop files (at least with
lintian). The validate-desktop-file utility unfortunately is currently
not compliant to the latest freedesktop.org spec, so it can output false

I will wait for some comments (which are highly appreciated) and then
adjust our TODO file.

Regards, Daniel

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