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Re: Adding installed packages to menu

On Mon, 2 Mar 2009, Thorny wrote:

On Mon, 02 Mar 2009 15:26:33 +0900, Bret Busby wrote:

Synaptic installs then loses packages; it downloads and installs a package
and its dependencies, and then, when queried, it shows the package and its
dependancies to be installed, but it does not add the packages to the
menu, and, in the Properties dialogue box in Synaptic, it shows the
application category, where I assume that the application should be added
to the Applications menu hierarchy; under the label of Section, on the
Common tab, but it does not show anything like a path to the package
executable file, so, basically, the package gets installed and then lost,
so it cannot be used.

Well, it's not really "lost". You would be able to run the installed
package by entering the appropriate command for the package at the command
line of a terminal. If the package maintainer chooses to not have package
configuration automagically add it to a menu that doesn't mean it is lost
or won't work. The system administrator (who installs the package as root)
can decide which and who's menu the package shows up in and that is the
behaviour I prefer, perhaps others also do.

But the issue with that, is that, if the package maintainer made a deliberate determination to not have the package management automatically add the package to the menu, why then would the Ubuntu package management have automatically added the package to the menu hierarchy?

That the Ubuntu package manager (I believe that I used the Ubuntu Synaptic to install the package and its dependencies) automatically added the package to the Applications menu hierarchy, in the installation process, and the Debian 4.0 Synaptic package manager did not automatically add the package to the Applications menu hierarchy, in the installation process, indicates to me that the difference is due to the difference in the package management between the two systems, rather than a determinitive action of a package manager (unless the package incorporates some switch that says "add to the menu in Ubuntu, but not in Debian").

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992


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