Why is LibreOffice Startcenter hidden from Gnome?

Olivier Tilloy olivier.tilloy at canonical.com
Fri Mar 12 17:30:21 UTC 2021

On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 8:45 PM Gunnar Hjalmarsson <gunnarhj at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On 2021-03-11 20:17, Coburn Ingram wrote:
> > I looked at the issue you referenced.
> >
> > It seems to me this is a simple confusion of terms.
> I don't think so. Both Jeremy and Olivier know how it works. The
> discussion they had on the bug report was focused on the fact that quite
> a few LibreOffice launchers were displayed if you opened "Show
> Applications". But they may have overlooked the fact that the mechanism
> used for hiding icons from "Show Applications" has the side effect to
> prevent you from the option to add such an icon to "Favorites" in the dock.

Gunnar is right, and this particular problem has demonstrated that
it's hard to find a middle ground that pleases everyone. I'll start by
noting that there's a cleaner workaround that doesn't involve hand
editing the desktop files in /usr/share/applications/: you can instead
copy the desktop file you're interested in to
~/.local/share/applications/ and edit it there. It won't be overridden
with the next package update, and XDG-compliant desktops will prefer
your local version to the system-wide one.
That said, I'm absolutely open to reconsidering that patch. Can we
please move back that discussion to
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/+bug/1696250, to
keep everything in one place ?


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