Re: add downloaded program to menu or run it--how?
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 07:03:17PM -0400, Doug wrote:
> On 10/22/2010 05:25 PM, Camaleón wrote:
>> On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:11:50 -0400, Doug wrote:
>>> I have downloaded synaptiks using synaptic package manager. It shows up
>>> as "installed" but it doesn't show on any menu, and I have no idea how
>>> to run it. (It disables the scratchpad when an external mouse is
>>> connected. This is much better than the default mode which only
>>> disables the scratchpad while you are typing.)
>> As per its webpage:
>> It seems that you can add a widget to launch it or going to KDE user
>> settings to configure the touchpad behaviour.
> I'm afraId that I'm snowed by all this. In the first place, I'm running
> the standard Debian--the Gnome GUI, not KDE. The file is here.
> Somewhere. There are a ton of synaptiks files under /usr/share/
> kde4/services, but none are executable, and the filenames don't hint
> at which might work if you chmod'd it. Unix is so obscure. At least
> with DOS/Windows, you knew if a file ended in .com or .exe you
> could execute it and see what happens.
Obscure is a malicious file named family.jpeg.exe which Windows
Explorer, by default, hides the extension of so you think it's a jpeg image.
> In plain English, how does one get a file from the package manager
> and run it? What good is the p.m. if it just fills up your disk with
> stuff that you can't execute?
I think the issue is that this is primarily a KDE widget. It might
automatically add itself to a KDE desktop, but that doesn't help a Gnome
This page shows all the files that kde-config-touchpad installs,
assuming you're running Squeeze:
Linux is very strict about what types of files can go where. So you can
be pretty sure that the executable file you seek is not in
/usr/share/locale or /usr/share/doc.
The synaptiks.desktop files might give you some clues. They should be
plain text. Open them up and look for a line starting with "Exec". Or
better yet, copy one of those files (I'm not sure why there are two of
them) and paste it to your Gnome desktop. Double-click it and see what
> So, what now? --doug
Treat it as a learning opportunity.