[MPlayer-users] Turning GNOME MPlayer into a normal one

Alexander Roalter alex at roalter.it
Fri Feb 22 15:04:01 CET 2013

Am 22.02.2013 14:12, schrieb Vladimir Mosgalin:
> Hi Carl Eugen Hoyos!
>   On 2013.02.22 at 11:01:41 +0000, Carl Eugen Hoyos wrote next:
>>> Err the thing is, I don't really care about gnome-mplayer.
>>> I'm fine with not installing it at all. The problem is
>>> that I can't understand why normal "mplayer" gets
>>> "GNOME MPlayer" name no matter what
>> This is hard to understand (I don't get this "name"),
>> please elaborate / add complete, uncut console output.
> I mentioned it in original name - in gnome-shell, you can see
> application name in top bar; I don't really know how explain, here is
> some random screenshot:
> http://intgat.tigress.co.uk/rmy/extensions/Screenshot.png
> As you can see, terminal has custom title, but is called "Terminal" with
> proper icon in the top bar.
> Well, whenever my custom-compiled mplayer is running, it displays
> "GNOME MPlayer" there with gnome-mplayer icon.
> The way gnome-shell sets this name is explained here:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/9324163/how-to-set-application-title-in-gnome-shell
> I looked a bit in mplayer code and failed to understand why it becomes
> "gnome" one, though, it never sets such name anywhere.
> I understand this this is a very silly issue, but it's been bothering me
> for a while and I decided to ask. Maybe someone is aware of some easy
> way of changing it. Anyhow if you don't know, don't bother - it's not
> really worth investing time in it.

I think this is Gnome being a smartass and trying to guess a proper name 
for the application from the process name. Don't know where to fix it 
though. Does it also happen if you rename the mplayer executable to, say 
superduperplayer ? Is it then still recognized as GNOME MPlayer?


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