[ubuntu-studio-devel] A new utility
len at ovenwerks.net
Wed May 22 05:48:57 UTC 2019
Some of you may have had "fun" with libremenu or alacart in the past. Both
of them are not really usable. Perhaps they try to do too much... But we
have spent much time helping people fix what they have done with either of
these two utilities.
Enter ubuntustudio-menu-add. ( available from
https://launchpad.net/~ubuntustudio-dev/+archive/ubuntu/autobuild ) This
can be used to add a missing menu item, change a menu item including its
possition in the menu, or even hide it so it doesn't show on the menu.
This does not make system wide changes, but only for the user running the
>From the top:
There are two drop downs that allow starting from either a system item or
an item you have allready created. Below that is a tex box where the user
can type in the name they wish to use for the file. this should be unique.
If after typing in the filename and going to the edit screen shows an
already filled out screen, that file name is already in use. The name of
the file does not have to be the same as the name of the manu item, but
likely should be close enough to make sense. There is no need to include
the extension of the file (*.desktop).
Depending on what state the file named is in, various options will become
sensitive (available). If the file is a new one, the only option available
will be edit. Pressing edit will open another dialog whitch will ask what
name you wish the item to have in the menu, a comment that will show up as
a tool tip, the command line to execute, an icon chooser, and other ods
and ends. there are only two values that are required: Name and command,
but it is nice to fill out the rest as well. If the program is a command
line program like top or nano, then check the run in terminal box. When
you have filled in enough, the save button will become sensitive.
By default, the resulting item will be inactive, normally not what is
desired, check the active checkbox to change that, if this is a system
item you don't want to appear on the menu (like the gnome software
application), uncheck the visible box.
By default, a new item will have no categories and may end up in the
"Other" folder. However, if you have started with a system file, it should
remain where it is unless you change it. The are two dropdowns where you
can choose the menu folder and sub menu if that folder has any. It is not
possible to add new folders or subfolders and the folders shown are
specific to the ubuntustudio menu configuration though they may still work
reasonablly well in other situations as well.
in the xfce DE as found in ubuntustudio's ISO, using the "settings" folder
will make the item appear in the settings applet at the bottom in the
other section... perhaps that should be the first bug :)
ubuntustudio-menu should probably be upgraded to the new from the PPA as
there are changes in there that make folders work a bit better, for
example the audio subfolder "Effects" will not work without it.
Please file bug reports for anything that does not work or anything that
seems missing or anything that works in an unexpected way. Please let me
know if you wish to be added to the contributers list if you find bugs
etc. so I don't leave anyone out. Let me know how you wish to be reconized
as well (name, or nick or whatever). Feature requests are added with a bug
report as well.
This is very much a work in progress and should be considered Alpha. All
file writes are to ~/.config/ (temp file) and ~/.local/share/applications/
where the desktop files are kept... they are renamed *.inactive until
they are activated. Removing desktop and inactive files from this
directory will return a system item to the way it was before this applet
was run. In fact, loading one of these new items and unchecking active
will return that item to stock as well.
While I am at it, ubuntustudio-controls has changed a lot since 19.04 was
released as well, to try out the version that should be coming with 19.10,
use the PPA above. all of the same things apply... bug reports please.
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