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Xdg was an acronym for the X Desktop Group, which is now known as freedesktop.org, but the label has remained. The freedesktop.org project has created a set of standards that now underlie X desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE and many others.

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Turn the screensaver off using xdg-screensaver

I am facing problem turning off screensaver with bash script in Ubuntu 22.04. I am running a script something like that: #!/bin/bash xdg-screensaver lock sleep 5m xdg-screensaver reset It should lock ...
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How do I add a file type to XDG?

Using LXQT, the file manager (PCManFM-QT) is showing all files with unrecognized suffixes as "text/plain". I've added an entry to /etc/mime.types mapping a new suffix to a new application/x-...
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No option for appearance in settings after upgrade to 22.04

I upgraded from 21.10 and I wanted to tweak my appearance but that option itself is not present.
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Browser won't open Zoom using xdg

I have installed Zoom on Ubuntu 22.04, but cannot login, since my browsers (any of them, firefox, chrome, brave) will not open Zoom by xdg tag zoommtg. Some people had issues with the capital Z, but ...
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Chrome download prompts to use xdg, but proceeds to do nothing

I am trying to download a fasta file for a bioinformatics project ftp://ftp.ensembl.org/pub/release-102/fasta/mus_musculus/dna/ Unfortunately every single time I try to download this file I get a ...
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Ubuntustudio application menu, games category

Since Ubuntustudio switched to the plasma-desktop with 20.10 we have a new organized application menu which divides the games category in subcategories. This is nice if one install a lot of games. But ...
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xdg-screensaver reset doesn't unblank screen?

I wrote this simple bash script: #!/bin/bash xdg-screensaver lock sleep 5 xdg-screensaver reset I wanted it to lock my PC, wait five seconds, then reset the screensaver to prevent the screen from ...
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Why is kdeconnectd, xdg-desktop-portal-kde, and yakuake taking up so much CPU?

I get this every time on bootup. Killing any of them doesnt work unless I pretty much nuke it from orbit, including uninstalling yakuake. I am also using Wayland at the moment, and am running Kubuntu ...
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How to return from xdg-open within a shell script

I have some shell functions which allow me to quickly open something in my browser, for example: issue () { if [[ -z "$1" ]] then xdg-open "https://github.com/myname/...
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What XDG environment variables should be set at boot?

Recently I got rid of my display manager and that caused Plank to not run, complaining that it could only work for X sessions. I was running an X session. Upon a bit of digging, I realised that my ...
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Where to find the X-GNOME-* keys documentation for .desktop files

I've searched the net with no luck trying to find the documentation for the extended X-GNOME-* keys used into the .desktop files. can anyone point me to such documentation? Thanks
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In a .desktop file, what is the "%U" variable?

Or, more generally, what is the syntax of the commands such as exo-open --launch WebBrowser %u ?
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What is the Minimum Setup Needed for Setting-up XDG Directories ($XDG_RUNTIME_DIR etc.)?

I'm in a setup (20.04) that is basically headless (a solaris zone, but we could probably consider it analogous to any server sort of setup), and as such, I don't have any graphical environment ...
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Should I add $HOME/.local/share to XDG_DATA_DIRS?

Currently XDG_DATA_DIRS contains /usr/share/ubuntu:/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/:/var/lib/snapd/desktop. I would like to add ~/.local/share to the list. My reason is the following: Now the fish shell ...
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xdg-document is keeping my files open

I use Master PDf editor installed through flathub to edit some PDf files. When I close it, I can sse by lsof | grep /media/<MYUSER>/<DEVICE> that xdg-document is keeping my file open. What ...
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How to convert shell command line into XDG .desktop Exec key?

I am using Ubuntu 20.04 x86_64 with its usual GNOME3 I tried to use Wine to install certain Cyrillic-named library software, and it created a folder "Система ИРБИС64 unicode" in my desktop, ...
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xdg-utils seem to be unavailable on your system

After installing JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA Community edition and going through the customization wizard, hitting the final button labeled "Start Using IntelliJ IDEA" causes a window to pop up ...
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Ubuntu 20.04.1 tracker-miner errors in Syslog

New install of 20.04.1 running only pi.hole and unifi controller software. It’s Ubuntu desktop, but I’m basically running it headless. I’ve noticed that I’m getting this set of tracker-miner related ...
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XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is not owned by us (uid 0)

XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is not owned by us (uid 0), but by uid 999!(This could eg happen if you try to connect to a non-root PulseAudio as a root user, over the native protocol. Don't do that.) I am trying ...
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Unable to lock screen

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 with default DE on my laptop. I have an external monitor that I used for weeks without problem. (maybe during an update) I closed the lid and then the desktop appeared on the ...
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XDG RUNTIME DIR not set error encountered while trying to use KDE Partition Manager

Ubuntu dabbler here with quite the situation. I'm using Lubuntu 19.10 and I was trying to reformat a flash drive. Running the KDE Partition Manager doesn't allow me to do anything other than view the ...
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After removing sddm and lubuntu-desktop, my desktop environment is missing some environment variables

After removing sddm and lubuntu-desktop, and using startx to spin up a graphical interface with my window manager of choice (cwm), ~/.local/bin is not on the PATH anymore. I googled around and it ...
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Is there any GUI tool for xdg-mime?

Usually, I should write a FileType.xml and use xdg-mime install FileType.xml then use xdg-mime default xxx.desktop file-type to set default application and xdg-icon-resource install xxx to set ...
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How to open *.htm differently than *.html?

I'm trying to get *.htm files to open in a different application than for *.html (MIME Type text/html), as generally described in GNOME Help > Add a custom MIME type for all users. I've created /usr/...
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find . -name "documentation.html" | xargs xdg-open

The (bash) command find . -name "documentation.html" | xargs xdg-open finds a file and passes its path to xdg-open, but xdg-open errors out: xdg-open: unexpected argument './distribution/docs/target/...
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Extremely slow graphical desktop startup process Ubuntu 18.10

I have experienced a stubborn issue after upgrading my Ubuntu from 18.04 to 18.10. Every time I would like to login into my system via lightdm the login process takes a lot of time (more than 2 ...
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Can I lowercase all the /home/$USER/ directories that start with an uppercase letter? [duplicate]

~/Pictures, ~/Downloads, ~/Desktop, ~/Documents, etc. These are some of the only uppercase directories on my system, and I usually type ~/pictures forgetting that the first letter has to be uppercase. ...
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Either system tray icons or unity-control-center icons disappear - how can I have both?

Note: I'm using Unity desktop on 18.04. First, most of the icons in unity-control-center are missing after I installed then uninstalled mate-desktop and caja. I tried reinstalling all of the ...
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phpstorm snap missing desktop

Ubuntu 16.04 (kernel: 4.13.0-1012-azure) Snap 2.32.3.2 Snapd 2.32.3.2 I tried installing phpstorm via sudo snap install phpstorm --classic. I can see that phpstorm is installed and can be run from ...
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How do mimeinfo.cache files relate to mimeapps.list?

The different mimeinfo.cache files are populated by update-desktop-database from the .desktop files you have around. However, file browsers and such seem to use mimeapps.list files. Manipulating ...
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Unable to install VeraCrypt - (k)ubuntu 17.10

Trying to install VeraCrypt on a new install og Kubuntu 17.10. However I'm having some trouble. Running the veracrypt-1.21-setup-gui-x64 file (double click -> execute), extracted from archive (...
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ubuntu-dock settings not accessible in gnome-control-center by default

I recently shifted to Ubuntu 17.10. After enabling ubuntu-dock extension from Gnome-Tweak-Tools, I found no specific settings for customizing the Ubuntu-Dock in gnome-settings or gnome-control-center. ...
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Can I meddle with xdg-setting to open a popup asking me with which browser to open a link I just clicked?

I work on multiple browsers simultaneously. I wish that every time I open a link from outside a browser( let's say from a pfd) a window or a terminal pops up to ask me which browser to use. Is there ...
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Need an xdg-open tweak

I know that by running watch -n 10 xdg-open https://duckduckgo.com in the terminal, will open the specified site in a preferred browser at each 10 seconds. I am looking for a tweak which will close ...
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Startup Applications not running in Remote Session

I'm running Ubuntu 16.04.2 with XRDP and I have startup applications. The startup applications run when it's on the computer itself but, the startup applications don't start when it's a remote session....
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error when running synaptic: XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment cannot open display

After installing synaptic by typing sudo apt-get synaptic I tried to run it with sudo synaptic and I am getting this error: error: XDG_RUNTIME_DIR not set in the environment synaptic (4865):Gtk ...
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Change Desktop directory

I would like to temporarily use a different directory as my "Desktop". Is there a way to do this? Would it be possible to have different wallpapers for each directory?
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Installing Anki 2.0.42 breaks graphical display on fresh Ubuntu 16.04 install - xdg-mime related?

Installing the 64 bit Anki deb file (v2.0.42) on my Dell Inspiron 5423, running Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 16.04, seems to break the desktop (details and photo below). I have only been able to fix the ...
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Move .tmux and .tmuxinator directories

How can I move the .tmux and .tmuxinator directories from their default location ($HOME) to comply with the XDG Base Directory Specification? As these are configuration directories, I would expect ...
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Ubuntu Studio menu audio, video production, graphics directory menu entry disappeared

Ubuntu Studio menu has broken - I must have installed something or made a change to the menu (I used the menu editor to add a launcher), and I lost the audio production, video production and graphics ...
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Can I change the name of the Desktop directory?

Is it possible to change Desktop directory name? If it is how can I rename that directory? I've tried mv /home/username/Desktop /home/username/newName.
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.desktop file changing Exec depending on desktop environment

I am trying to make a .desktop file on my desktop which opens a window of the file manager of the desktop env I'm currently in (Nautilus for Ubuntu, PCManFM for LXDE) but my file doesn't seem to work: ...
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How to update nautilus bookmarks after changing user-dirs?

I change the user-dirs.dirs of xdg. However, those changed dirs like the Pictures bookmarks are missing, how to make the bookmarks shown again? Thanks.
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xdg-email can't find thunderbird

Clicking a mailto link in chromium-browser it executes xdg-email mailto:example@example.com (or maybe without "mailto:", which seems to be the same thing). In my case this opens kmail instead of ...
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How to set the default program to open a certain file type in a certain folder?

As well as being a Panda I am also an artist, I make my artwork mostly in GIMP and save my pictures to a certain directory on my computer. However I have a slight inconvenience because I save my ...
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Changing protocol handler in google chrome, opening a Telegram link

I installed Telegram Desktop for Linux 64-bit. To join a Telegram channel, when a channel URL is opened in google chrome (e.g. telegram.me/channel_name) the browser prompts and asks which application ...
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What do user folders do?

In ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs you can change the user folders. But do they actually do anything except for changing the links in Nautilus? I can see that changing XDG_DESKTOP_DIR does something – namely ...
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How can i change the Pictures/Documents/etc directory?

I am a total noob in Ubuntu, and i would like to change the default directory of Documents, Music, Pictures etc. My setting is as follows: 1 partition for Windows 1 partition for ubuntu 1 ...
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who manages $HOME/.recently-used?

Who manages $HOME/.recently-used? And is there a spec for it? Could not find one, but maybe I am blind.
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Why firefox is default browser in Xubuntu?

I have a lot of apps which ignore xfce browser settings: for example banshee. It still opens links in firefox, but I set google-chrome as default. It is default in xfce-preferred-apps, it is default ...
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