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Re: menus question



Hi Maury!

On Sat, 29 Apr 2000, Maury R. Merkin wrote:

> I finally (okay I'm slow but ...) figured out that the only apps which
> update-menus will find are those which have been installed using *.deb
> packages system.  ('apt-get install' or 'dpkg -i' or however.)
> 
> But I have several important (to me) apps which I've accumulated over
> time in /usr/local/bin or /opt/bin or wherever.  Is there any way to get
> them on my menus?

Yes!

Read the doc in /usr/share/menu


In short:

o create a ~/.menu directory
o put your menu files there:
  e.g:
  weasel@marvin:~/.menu$ cat local.netscape 
  # menu for netscape.
  # taken from:
  #   menu for xmms, localy installed.
  #   this file derived from debians
  #   made by PP on Wed Feb  9 22:05:21 CET 2000

  ?package(local.netscape):\
        needs=X11\
        section=Apps/Net\
        title="Netscape"\
        longtitle="Netscape Navigator"\
        command="/usr/local/bin/netscape"\
        shortcut="Control+Mod1+c"

important: packagename, the part in parenthensis, has to start with
"local.", otherwise menu will take this as an packagename and only use
the menu entry if the package is installed.

I for example override xterm:
  weasel@marvin:~/.menu$ cat xterm 
  # modified PP on ?
  # o added shortcut for XTerm
  # o changed xterm command to have color

  ?package(xterm):\
   needs=x11\
   section=XShells\
   longtitle="Xterm: terminal emulator for X"\
   title=Xterm\
   command="xterm -bg black -fg lightblue3 +bdc +ulc"\
   shortcut="Control+Mod1+x"

o run update-menus.
  Since you now have your own menus db, you must run it as your user
  everytime you want it updated (afaik).


the system menu files are in /usr/lib/menu. But don't touch them.
If you want to change menus systemwide, your place is /etc/menu/


HTH

					yours,
					peter

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