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Oracle Solaris 11.1 Desktop Administrator's Guide     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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1.  Administering the Oracle Solaris Desktop

2.  Managing User Preferences With GConf

3.  Customizing Menus

Menus Overview

Working With Menu Definition Files

Working With Directory Entry Files

Working With Desktop Entry Files

Editing Menus

Adding and Modifying System Menus

How to Add a Menu

How to Add an Item to a Menu

How to Edit the Properties of a Menu

How to Edit a Menu Item

How to Delete an Item From a Menu

Creating and Modifying User Menus

Merging Menus

Merging User and System Menus

4.  Installing Themes

5.  Customizing Fonts

6.  Working With MIME Types

7.  Managing Screensavers

8.  Managing Sessions

9.  Overview of the Yelp Help Browser

10.  Improving the Performance of the Oracle Solaris Desktop System

11.  Disabling Features in the Oracle Solaris Desktop System

12.  Working With the X Window System

A.  Hidden Directories



Working With Directory Entry Files

A directory entry file is a data file that provides information about a menu. The directory entry file specifies the menu details such as name, tooltip, and menu icon. Directory entry files have a .directory file extension.

To resolve the location of the .directory files, the system performs a search for default path in the following order:

  1. Searches in the $XDG_DATA_HOME/desktop-directories. If the $XDG_DATA_HOME environment variable is not set, search in the ~/.local/share/desktop-directories default directory.

  2. Searches the subdirectory of each of the desktop-directories in the $XDG_DATA_DIRS. If the $XDG_DATA_DIRS environment variable is not set, search in the /usr/share/desktop-directories default directory.

    If several .directory files with the same name are found, the file that is found first takes precedence.

The following example shows a sample directory entry file.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Graphics applications
Comment[fr]=Applications graphiques

The following table describes some of the important keys in directory entry files.

Table 3-2 Directory Entry Keys

Directory Entry Key
Specifies the name of the menu. This name is displayed on the menu.
Specifies a short description of the menu. The comment is displayed as a tooltip when you point to the menu.
Specifies the filename of an icon that represents the menu. Does not specify the path to the filename or the file extension.
Specifies the type of menu. The value of this key is always Directory.