[Fedora-packaging] X-Fedora vs. X-Fedora-Extra vs. X-Fedora-Extras

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at gmx.net
Tue Mar 8 07:56:06 UTC 2005

On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 05:45:39 +0100 (CET), Dag Wieers wrote:

> > > RPMforge uses X-Red-Hat-Base everywhere. Should we be worried ? :)
> > > What's the effect of changing the category, what is it used for ?
> > 
> > X-Red-Hat-Base puts a desktop menu entry into the top menu, while
> > X-Red-Hat-Extra marks desktop menu entries which appear in the
> > "More ..." sub-menus. X-Fedora is just a placeholder.
> I don't like a meaningless placeholder.

It's not meaningless. X-Fedora has been used to mark menu entries as
coming from Fedora Linux. Whether it is evaluated somewhere is
implementation dependent. X-Red-Hat-Extra is not evaluated either, I
think. Only X-Red-Hat-Base provides the special function of placing menu
entries in the top-level menu.

X-Fedora-Extra or X-Fedora-Extras would mark menu entries as coming from
Fedora Extras and would distinguish them from manually installed ones.
A desktop menu editor might put such markers to good effect.

> Either we anticipate a change in 
> the future and we should define that use (having a single identifier for 
> all packages makes no sense). Or we drop it.
> X-Red-Hat-Base and X-Red-Hat-Extra has a meaning, although I'm not sure 
> why it includes 'Red-Hat'. Maybe we need a policy of what is expected in 
> the first level menu, and what in the second. (Or another scheme).
> PS I don't have any 'More...' submenus on my FC3 even though some of the 
> desktop-files do use X-Red-Hat-Extra.

FC3 KDE has "Preferences > More Preferences" here, where the
categorisation works, too. I think X-Red-Hat-Extra is from older times,
such as Red Hat Linux 8.0, where real "Extras" submenus existed.

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