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bug #29083: Whishlist: pull summary from the FreeDesktop.org menu entries when a GUI program has no manpage.

Submitted by:  Charles Plessy <plessy>
Submitted on:  Sat 06 Mar 2010 02:39:05 AM UTC  
Category: NoneSeverity: 3 - Normal
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Sat 06 Mar 2010 02:39:05 AM UTC, original submission:

Dear man-db maintainers,

it often happens that a GUI program has no manpage, and a system administrator may want to know quickly what the program is about.

GUI programs that follow the FreeDesktop.org menu entry specification often provide a one-line summary of what they do in their menu entry, in as many languages as they could recruit translators.

Following a discussion on the development mailing list of the Debian project, I would like to propose you the following feature request: can the whatis/apropos system pull the one-line description of a program's FD.o menu entry file when no manpage is available?

Here is a link to the FD.o desktop entry specification, followed by an example entry:


[Desktop Entry]
Name=Foo Viewer
Comment=The best viewer for Foo objects available!
Exec=fooview %F


Charles Plessy
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

Charles Plessy <plessy>


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