Description of the issue:
Web Links (“Shortcuts”) created by Brave for Ubuntu MATE (at least) create a mess that doesn’t get cleaned up, and are unreasonably difficult to use.
How can this issue be reproduced?
- Take Brave to a webpage (any will do)
- The best you can do for now is Menu (3 bars, upper right) → More tools → Create shortcut… and Create.
- Explore what you’ve gotten:
3a. Drag the ‘shortcut’ into Pluma - it is actually a ‘.desktop’ file, using a magic 32 character identification. Webpage ‘community.brave.com/categories’ creates a rather complex ‘.desktop’ file
3b. Look around for (a part of) that magic number: ‘sudo find / -name "xxxxxxx -print’
3c. We find:
A directory in
‘~/.config/BraveSoftware/Brave-Browser/Default/Web Applications/Manifest Resources’
‘.desktop’ files scattered about in
and multiple icon files in ‘~/.local/share/icons/hicolor/x/apps/’ directories.
- Delete the Desktop ‘shortcut’, empty the Trash, and look around again.
4a. They are ALL still there, except the ‘.desktop’ in ‘~/Desktop’ - this clutter builds up.
It should at least clean up its mess after itself; it’s not practical to clean up by hand.
It should also be easier to make/maintain/manage the links, e.g.,
Drag the location bar contents to the desktop (or a file folder window),
Create a file with that has it as its content with a mime time that goes to Brave.
Also be nice if the context menu of the tab offered ‘Create Shortcut’.
Brave Version( check
Version 1.38.115 Chromium: 101.0.4951.64 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS (64-bit), Kernel 5.16.19-76051619-generic x86_64,
I (try to) use a vast number of these links, as documentation in amongst the files and notation I keep in file folders for projects. This is the most difficult - actually, the only difficult - system for doing so.
The exploration/testing for this has created large numbers of orphaned files, and lots of time…