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Re: programmatically determining the desktop environment of a system




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On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 08:09:31PM -0700, Dan Hitt wrote:
> Thanks Dominik, Steve, and Tomas for your mail.
[...]

> That is, i think usually the best practice is to do capability
> detection (like the autoconf apparatus or jquery does) and then use
> whatever capabilities you detect.
> 
> I'm not sure this is always possible, though, because if it is
> something about the using the hardware in a certain way you may not be
> able to detect this (but rather rely on what you know about the
> environment).

Definitely, yes. But I see your point. Perhaps those two pointers might
help you a bit:

  https://metacpan.org/pod/Desktop::Detect
  https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Desktops/

(the second doesn't actually offer a method, but at least provides
you with a pretty extensive list of alternatives).

Regards
- -- tomás
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