Rash of .desktop files

Asked by Faron Anslow

the xscreensaver package installs a .desktop file for each screensaver under /usr/share/applications/xscreensaver. In GNOME 3 these all show up in the applications overlay in the "Activities" screen. Is there a good reason for all of the .desktop files? Can they be places in a default location such that they don't show up as GNOME 3 Apps? Not sure what the behaviour is in Unity, but I'd guess it's the same. This is bad behaviour for the GUI dependent user -- i.e. me -- who may not connect a recent install with a new flood of iconless apps that will then quietly run in the background if clicked.

So, to summarise:

What I'm trying to achieve: modify installation of xscreensaver package such that .desktop files either don't exist or install in a location where GNOME (and other desktop environments) wont pick them up.

Steps I took: installed xscreensaver package under Ubuntu 14.10 with GNOME 3.12

What I would like to have happen: Allow install without the apps appearing in GNOME Activities Apps overlay.

Thanks much and I'm willing to help as much as I can.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

If you think this is bad then I suggest you report a bug. You can start the process with:

ubuntu-bug xscreensaver

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