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

Submitter:  Charles Plessy <plessy>
Submitted:  Sat 06 Mar 2010 02:39:05 AM UTC
Category:  None Severity:  1 - Wish
Item Group:  None Status:  None
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
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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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    2020-07-05 cjwatson Severity3 - Normal 1 - Wish
        SummaryWhishlist: pull summary from the FreeDesktop.org menu entries when a GUI program has no manpage. Pull summary from the FreeDesktop.org menu entries when a GUI program has no manpage

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