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Re: Adding installed packages to menu

On Mon, 2 Mar 2009, Daniel Burrows wrote:

On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 01:15:52AM +0900, Bret Busby <bret@busby.net> was heard to say:
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

 The *Debian* package maintainer apparently chose not to add the
package to the menu.  The *Ubuntu* maintainer may have chosen
otherwise.  BTW, it would be easier to discuss this if we knew which
package you were talking about (since there's apparently a particular
one).  e.g., then someone could tell you exactly why it's not ending
up in the menu.


Sorry for the omissions.

The package is flightgear, the Flight Gear Flight simulator.

The Ubuntu version is 1.0.0-3ubuntu1, and the package maintainer is listed (from Synaptic) as Ubuntu MOTU Developers. The version of Ubuntu is 8.10 (which is apparently not quite a "stable" version).

The Debian 4.0 version is 0.9.10-2, and the package maintainer is listed as Ove Kaaven (again, from Synaptic).

It hadn't occurred to me, that a package would have different package maintainers, for different distributions of Linux.

I had understood (apparently, an erroneous assumption), that each package would have its maintainer(s) or developers, and that they would simply compile the package to fit different distributions (to create a .deb packahge, or a .rpm package, etc).

Also, I had (apparently, completely wrongly) understood that, when installing a package with Synaptic, it was the role of Synaptic, as the package manager, to ensure that the package was added to the relevant menu, in the Applications menu hierarchy.

I apologise for my lack ofknowledge in all of this.

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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