Re: add downloaded program to menu or run it--how?
On Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:03:17 -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.
Uh? Then why installing a KDE app? I think you can control touchpad in
GNOME. What are your requirements, disable the touchpad when external
pointer is present? If yes, that should be configurable:
* Disable touchpad
* Disable tapping and scrolling
* Disable while any other devices are connect.
o This options is available only if you use with GNOME.
> 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.
"whereis synaptiks" should tell you where to find all the files :-)
> 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.
Ugh, no, MS extensions are one of the most security holes in MS windows
systems (provided that "known extensions" are hidden by default, I still
fail to see what's the point of that :-/)
> 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?
> So, what now?
You are installing a KDE application that integrates with KDE control
center (user settings) and can be launched as plasma applet. Not sure how
to deal with that under GNOME :-?
Try with the GNOME settings first or by using "gpointing-device-settings"
app), the option you are looking for should be present and tweakeable.