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Re: [kde-linux] Retain Favorites menu through upgrade to 4.7




Thanks. This is consistent with what I figured out. I suspect that I
can save the kickoffrc file along with the desktop file and then
reconstruct the menu by hand if it seems necessary.

Cheers,Mark

On 12/9/11, Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dale posted on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:41:49 -0600 as excerpted:
>
>> Maybe Duncan will have some ideas on this.
>
> I'm not sure whether the following will help much or not.  It's more a
> bunch of semi-related thoughts and comments on the general idea, since I
> rarely use the kickoff menu and thus it's one of the few bits of kde that
> I've only very lightly customized.  I don't believe I've customized
> Favorites at all, so obviously wouldn't know if the customizations
> survived upgrades here or not.
>
> I thought Internet Favorites, aka bookmarks, at first.  I've certainly
> never lost them, even in the upgrade from 3.x.  Actually, I think some of
> them might even be from kde2 era!
>
> Then when I realized it wasn't that, I immediately thought of the panel
> in dolphin, etc, but that's Places, not Favorites.
>
> But for the kickoff menu, kickoffrc does sound like the place to look.
>
> I've never really customized it tho (as I said), since I use a scripted
> hotkey setup I devised in the switch to kde4 when khotkeys lost the
> proper multikey support that it had in kde3, for launching all my
> commonly used apps.  So I only rarely use kickoff and haven't customized
> it hardly at all.
>
> I'd do some testing, but I just finished upgrading to 4.7.90 aka 4.8-
> beta2, here, and am rather too tired to reason the tests out effectively.
> Maybe when I wake up.
>
>
> But I can leave you with this.  *.desktop files are the freedesktop.org
> standard for setting up menu entries, etc.  KDE uses them for services
> that the user doesn't start directly, too, tho I'm not sure if that's
> part of or an extension of the freedesktop.org standard.  (A services
> example would be the ghns, get-hot-new-stuff, service, which is the
> integration with kde-look for downloading new wallpapers, plasmoids,
> etc... that's a service described by one or more *.desktop files among
> other things, available as part of a number of kde apps, not an
> individual app to be run separately or have its own menu item).
>
> Typically, the format is the usual ini-file-format, [sections] in
> brackets, entry=value pairs, # starts a comment and blank lines ignored.
> They typically consist of title and description lines, both translated
> into dozens of different languages, plus the functional part that says
> what executable to run for a menu item, or library to load for a service,
> etc, and often a number of additional lines of optional information.
>
> So a reference to firefox.desktop probably refers to the menu item, as
> created by the firefox.desktop file as it'd be found in /usr/share/apps
> or some such (too tired to check specifics ATM).
>
> That should give you some idea what those *.desktop entries refer to,
> anyway.  You can equery belongs firefox.desktop to find the package
> (probably firefox) and system path it's installed in.  The other
> *.desktop references should then be easy enough to find, hanging out in
> either that area in system, or in the parallel homedir location,
> /usr/share/apps and $KDEHOME/share/apps ($KDEHOME defaults to ~/.kde if
> the variable isn't set) and the XDG parallel under ~/.config or ~/.local,
> IDR which.
>
> That should be enough to get somewhere with, I think/hope.
>
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