Bug 805937 - XFce desktop not recognise $HOME in .desktop entries
XFce desktop not recognise $HOME in .desktop entries
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xfdesktop (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Kevin Fenzi
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-03-22 10:09 EDT by Frantisek Hanzlik
Modified: 2013-02-13 20:40 EST (History)
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Description Frantisek Hanzlik 2012-03-22 10:09:40 EDT
Description of problem:
When using $HOME (or "~") words in .desktop entries ("Path=", "Exec=", "Icon=",.. etc), this sentence isn't recognised, although should be, according to freedesktop.org convenciens.

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Impossibility of use this standard variables do things tedious and unportable among users.
Comment 1 Kevin Fenzi 2012-03-22 12:45:53 EDT
Would you be willing to file this upstream at bugzilla.xfce.org? Or would you like me to?

Where do you see in the desktop spec that $HOME and/or ~ should be honored?
Comment 2 Frantisek Hanzlik 2012-03-22 19:08:22 EDT
Kevin, You catch me now. I was filling this bug after I had to copy one .desktop file to multiple users, and there was path in "Exec=" item which was referenced to user's home directory - and I was forced manually fill home directory path for every user of that .desktop file. And I lightly, at first click, found example which use "$HOME" for these purposes in article "Anatomy of a .desktop File" at

Not a bit occurred to me thought it isn't possible do something of that kind.
But (unspecified date and titled as "draft") specification at
nowhere mentioned construct as "~" or "$HOME". Thus this my bugreport maybe probably only my wish :). Sorry for noise.
Comment 3 Kevin Fenzi 2012-03-22 23:08:56 EDT
Well, I can see it easily being a wishlist item. It would be handy. ;)

Would you be willing to file this upstream at bugzilla.xfce.org ? 
Or would you prefer I do so?
Comment 4 Frantisek Hanzlik 2012-03-23 03:44:48 EDT
I will be happy when You can do it. Because 0) I would have to register there and You are perhaps already, 1) mainly, my english is too bad for such serious thing, 3) Your name is known in Linux/Redhat world and request from You will have bigger strength.
I can imagine two ways for this task - one, more general, is ability of use environment variables expansion ($HOME/$LANG/$whatever); other is use of now existing construct "%" + character where eg. %h will be substituted by user's homedir path... and (maybe) %e{$envvar} by environment variable value ;)
Thanks for Your help, Kevin!
Comment 5 Kevin Fenzi 2012-03-25 20:53:24 EDT
Filed upstream for comment: 

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