Subject: Re: Install into menus
To: Jan Danielsson <>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/30/2006 19:15:42
El 30/01/2006, a las 17:17, Jan Danielsson escribi=F3:

> Hello all,
>    I use WindowMaker, and I realize that makes me a subset of the set
> "minorities". Anyway.. In the default WindowMaker installation, the =20=

> menu
> contains a bunch of default applications, like "Gimp" and "emacs".
> Problem is, they aren't installed. It would be better if it was almost
> empty at installation, but when programs are installed, they can be
> added to the menu by the installer if the installation was successful.
> Obviously, this should apply to <window manager of your choice> too.
>    Is there something like this already that I have missed? If not, =20=

> has
> an attempt to make something like it been done before? Results?
> If is hasn't been done; is this of any interest to anyone else?

Yes, this is something that we will want to have, eventually.

In fact, it has been discussed in the past how to do it.  The best
way (IMHO) is to have an application that reads the contents of
$PREFIX/share/applications/ and generates the menus according to
your window manager of choice.  (This is what GNOME and KDE do

I don't know if such an application exists already.  I guess it
does, because IIRC, the Debian people want to switch to a similar
scheme instead of their home-grown "menu" package.

You may want to search the tech-pkg@ archives for more information.


Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
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