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Re: resending... desktop files not working for recent ubuntu?

From: Rustom Mody
Subject: Re: resending... desktop files not working for recent ubuntu?
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:19:21 +0530

On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:51 AM, Alexis <address@hidden> wrote:

> Rustom Mody <address@hidden> writes:
> Apologies for second copy 1st doesnt seem to have appeared
>> --------------------------------------------- I have this emacs.desktop
>> file put in ~/.local/share/applications
>> --------------- [Desktop Entry] Name=EmacsClient GenericName=Text Editor
>> Comment=Edit text
>> MimeType=text/english;text/plain;text/x-makefile;text/x-c++hdr;text/x-c++src;text/x-chdr;text/x-csrc;text/x-java;text/x-moc;text/x-pascal;text/x-tcl;text/x-tex;application/x-shellscript;text/x-c;text/x-c++;
>> Exec=emacsclient -n -a emacs %F Icon=python Type=Application
>> Terminal=false Categories=Development;TextEditor; StartupWMClass=Emacs
>> --------------- Currently this laptop is on ubuntu 16.4 (xenial) --
>> vanilla unity desktop It used to work ok in earlier ubuntus Now on 16.4 it
>> shows 2 emacs icons when editing a file via emacsclient Clicking the second
>> icon shows no effect After about 10 seconds it disappears
>> Dont know when it stopped working because frankly I am not much of a
>> nautilus -> click -> emacsclient type of user
>> Current generation -- my students -- however default to this kind of
>> usage And so they default to one or both of - gedit by default - dozens of
>> emacses open for each file they clicked
> Shouldn't you specify '' (i.e. the empty string) as the -a argument in the
> Exec option? From the man page for emacsclient(1):
>    -a, --alternate-editor=EDITOR
>    if the Emacs server is not running, run the specified editor
> instead.  This can also be specified via the    `ALTERNATE_EDITOR'
> environment variable.  If the value of    EDITOR is the empty string, run
> `emacs --daemon' to start    Emacs in daemon mode, and try to connect to it.
Tried changing it...  Same behavior

It would be nice if people with other ubuntu versions and other linux
desktops could try it and inform.

If it works then its a bug specific to this ubuntu
If not its a more general emacs bug

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