.desktop files and security
Posted Apr 7, 2006 21:46 UTC (Fri) by brouhaha
In reply to: .desktop files and security
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I think there are obvious reasons why it is desirable to have a standard for files representing desktop icons. The question isn't "why do these files exist", but "why do they have to be written as scripts"?
The Macintosh had desktop icons since introduction in 1984, and they didn't (necessarily) have executable scripts or programs behind them.
The .desktop files only need to contain some simple metadata; it would be much more appropriate for them to be XLM, or even simple text files containing key/value pairs.
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