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Bug 230902 - Wrong desktop file category
Summary: Wrong desktop file category
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dosbox
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Andreas Bierfert
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-03-04 15:30 UTC by Andrea Musuruane
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:11 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-04-27 23:02:59 UTC

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Description Andrea Musuruane 2007-03-04 15:30:52 UTC
Description of problem:
The current desktop Categories field is set to "Application;Utility;". It is
wrong, accordingly to the latest Freedesktop specification, available here: 

For emulators, you should use a main category like Game or System, and an
additional Category of Emulator. Thus for a system emulator like dosbox the
proper categories field would be:


Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install dosbox
Actual results:
Desktop entry is under the Accessories menu

Expected results:
Desktop entry should be under the system menu

Additional info:

Comment 1 Andrea Musuruane 2007-04-27 14:45:06 UTC
I just watched the CVS and I have to report this bug has not been closed correctly.

You changed the categories to:

As you can read here: 
Application is neither a Main Category nor an Additional Category.

Just drop it and leave:

I also had a look at the spec file. You should also drop --add-category=X-Fedora
from desktop-file-install. This requirement has been removed from the packaging
guidelines some time ago.

You should also add hicolor-icon-theme to Requires.
This is an empty package owning the /usr/share/icons/hicolor dir hierarchy,
sortoff like the filesystem package but then for icons. Note that all packages
which have an icon should Require this to ensure proper icon dir ownership.

Comment 2 Andreas Bierfert 2007-04-27 15:05:20 UTC
I wonder if Applications really should be removed:

/usr/share/applications $ grep Categories= * | grep Application | wc
    125     125    9772
/usr/share/applications $ ls *desktop | wc                                     
    176     176    4463

So either a lot of dekstop entries are plain wrong or it is ok to do so. Which I
think it is.

As for --add-category=X-Fedora and hicolor-icon-theme I tend to agree to change

Comment 3 Andrea Musuruane 2007-04-27 15:54:19 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> So either a lot of dekstop entries are plain wrong or it is ok to do so. Which I
> think it is.

The former. But if you don't agree with me, please discuss this in the
maintainers  list.


Comment 4 Andreas Bierfert 2007-04-27 22:18:06 UTC
I am not saying I disagree with you. I am happy that you pointed me to it. I
just wonder if not bugs should be filled against all packages that do this. I at
least missed that Applications should be dropped and I am quiet sure that it
once was the 'right' way to do this.

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