Names of desktop configuration files (.desktop) not accessible, breaking previously established workflow
I'd like to propose an alternative to the changes made from this closed issue: #56 (closed)
I just updated my system to the newest version of Thunar and my carefully organized desktop shortcut folder was transformed into an untenable mess.
On Thunar 1.8.16, .desktop files with executable permission display the contents of the Name= parameter instead of their filename.
On Thunar 4.16.0, .desktop files will only display their filename.
I'm probably not what you would consider a standard use-case here. Not everyone has directories filled with hundreds of .desktop files. But I do. And the system I had in place was dependent on this older behavior. By keeping the Name= parameter the same for multiple files, I was able to have Thunar randomly sort these files for me. I had a shell script to change the Name= parameter of some files, allowing me to reorganize files without touching the filename. All of this is now no longer possible.
I understand the reasoning behind this change. Normally, .desktop files go in the application menu, or the Desktop. But not for this many files. A file manager is really the only tool that can accomplish this, and up until now Thunar was my file manager of choice.
Rather than just asking to revert the change, I want to propose a solution that could benefit both use-cases. The old behavior was a toggle. Filenames were displayed if it wasn't marked as executable, and otherwise it was Name=.
Can we add a toggle as a proper setting in the file manager? It should be our choice whether we want to see the filename or the actual desktop shortcut name. It shouldn't only display the filename.