Re: Adding installed packages to menu
On Tue, 3 Mar 2009, Bret Busby wrote:
On Mon, 2 Mar 2009, Daniel Burrows wrote:
On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 01:15:52AM +0900, Bret Busby <email@example.com> 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.
Just a quick additional note; in the Properties information for the
package, in both installations, with the label of Section, in the Common
tab, both packages have the same value; "Games and Amusement".
So, it would seem logical, that each of the two installations, would
automatically result in the package being added to the Games menu,
within the Applications hierarchy, by virtue of the Section parameter,
having the value, in each case.
But, maybe, that is just my expectation, and, not an obligation of the
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