For 14.04, I'm trying out Lubuntu LTS.
If I run
ls -l /usr/share/app-install/desktop, I get a list of 3085 .desktop files. All except one are dated Apr 18. The exception is:
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 6328 Mar 28 2013 applications.menu
From the dates, it's clear that all these are installed by default and not by me.
Doesn't each GUI-based program bring in its own .desktop file at the time it's installed (mostly in
Then why are these thousands of other .desktop files needed? From their names, most of them haven't anything to do with Lubuntu.
- Their names are different from regular .desktop files (such as those in
/usr/share/applications): many, not all, are like
name:name.desktopwhereas the regular ones are just
- The ones I looked at all have a line with
nnnis a string of digits. I know that Popcon "gathers statistics determining which packages are the most popular with Ubuntu users". But why is that part of these .desktop files?