desktop-file-utils - Utilities for .desktop files

Property Value
Distribution Debian 7 (Wheezy)
Repository Debian Backports Main amd64
Package filename desktop-file-utils_0.21-1~bpo70+1_amd64.deb
Package name desktop-file-utils
Package version 0.21
Package release 1~bpo70+1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer -
Download size 74.03 KB
Installed size 273 B
Some utilities to make dealing with .desktop files easier:
* update-desktop-database -- update the desktop-MIME mapping
* desktop-file-validate -- validate a desktop file
* desktop-file-install -- install a desktop file, munging en route.


Package Version Architecture Repository
desktop-file-utils_0.21-1~bpo70+1_i386.deb 0.21 i386 Debian Backports Main
desktop-file-utils_0.20-0.1_amd64.deb 0.20 amd64 Debian Main
desktop-file-utils_0.20-0.1_i386.deb 0.20 i386 Debian Main
desktop-file-utils - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.7
libglib2.0-0 >= 2.28.0


Type URL
Binary Package desktop-file-utils_0.21-1~bpo70+1_amd64.deb
Source Package desktop-file-utils

Install Howto

  1. Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb wheezy-backports main
  2. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  3. Install desktop-file-utils deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install desktop-file-utils




2013-05-28 - Dmitry Smirnov <>
desktop-file-utils (0.21-1~bpo70+1) wheezy-backports; urgency=low
* Rebuild for wheezy-backports.
2013-05-13 - Dmitry Smirnov <>
desktop-file-utils (0.21-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release [October 2012] (Closes: #671600).
* Multi-Arch: foreign (Closes: #694845).
* Watch file update (Closes: #690279).
* Source and binary package compression to xz.
* Added Homepage.
* Standards to current 3.9.4
* debhelper to version 9.
* copyright to copyright-format 1.0; updated contributor's list.
* autotools-dev --> dh-autoreconf.
* Increased build log verbosity.
* lintian-overrides for hardening false-positives.
* Added myself to Uploaders (Closes: #700917).
* Added VCS links to pkg-freedesktop repository.
2012-06-28 - Ondřej Surý <>
desktop-file-utils (0.20-0.1) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
+ Remove myself from uploaders
* Imported Upstream version 0.20
* Remove patch unity-is-registered as it was merged upstream
2011-11-29 - Loïc Minier <>
desktop-file-utils (0.18-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream releases; closes: #575000.
- Fixes unguarded usage of variables in format strings, breaking the
build; closes: #643373.
- Add manpages for desktop-file-install, desktop-file-validate, and
update-desktop-database; closes: #284831; drop
debian/desktop-file-install.8 and debian/desktop-file-validate.1.  Stop
installing now useless upstream README.
* Update my email address in control.
* postrm: allow /usr/local/share/applications to be a symlink, in which case
it isn't rmdir-ed; closes: #567338.
* rules: remove snippet to strip emacs syntax file; the default lispdir
install path is detected correctly even without an emacs build-dep; there
is an example emacs autoload config snippet at the top of
/usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/desktop-entry-mode.el and in the Debian bug
report; closes: #570309.  Drop now empty debian/TODO.
* Add lintian override for the empty /usr/share/applications directory
shipped in desktop-file-utils; this is to allow creating an (empty)
mimeinfo database upon installation.
* Cleanup and upgrade packaging.
- Drop versions of build-deps when satisfied in oldstable.
- Switch from cdbs to dh --with autotools_dev (updates config.guess and
.sub); drop cdbs and gnome-pkg-tools build-deps, move to debhelper
compatibility level 9 and bump debhelper build-dep to >= 8.9.0~ -- this
brings dpkg-buildflags support.
- Upstream now only distributes .bz2 tarball so use these; switch to
debian/source/format 3.0 (quilt) and update watch file.
- Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.2.
- Update copyright with proper list of copyright holders.
* Add patch unity-is-registered from upstream repo taken from the Ubuntu
package to support Unity as desktop environment to minimize the Ubuntu
diff and not bark on Ubuntu .desktop files.
2009-04-10 - Josselin Mouette <>
desktop-file-utils (0.15-2) unstable; urgency=low
[ Loic Minier ]
* Depend on ${misc:Depends}.
* Do not hardcode the path to update-desktop-database in postinst.
[ Josselin Mouette ]
* Add myself to uploaders.
* postrm: remove created caches upon removal.
* triggers: register interest in /usr/share/applications.
* postinst: run update-desktop-database when triggered.
* Standards version is 3.8.1.
* Remove defaults.list stuff, it’s all in gnome-session now.
* copyright: refer to versioned GPL.
2008-03-04 - Ross Burton <>
desktop-file-utils (0.15-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
- Remove update-crasher.patch, integrated upstream
2008-01-21 - Ross Burton <>
desktop-file-utils (0.14-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Don't crash when reading malformed keyfiles, thanks Zach (Closes:

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