Loading programs from Synaptic

Ray Parrish crp at cmc.net
Sun Mar 22 12:11:57 UTC 2009

Ray Parrish wrote:
> norman wrote:
>> < snip >
>>> To get around this, you can always run Menu Editor, and manually add 
>>> your new menu items. Firt to get an idea of just how many programs 
>>> Ubuntu has neglected to add to your menu, run the following command in 
>>> Terminal.
>>> update-menus --stdout > ~/menuitems.txt
>>> Now open the menuitems.txt file with Gedit [Text Editor on th 
>>> Applicaations menu] and start looking through it for software packages 
>>> that do not have menu entries on your current menu. When you find one, 
>>> open the Menu Editor by right clicking on the menu on your top panel, 
>>> and select "Edit Menus" from the small drop down menu.
>> < snip >
>> I thought I would try this but got an error update-menus command not
>> found. I wonder why?
>> Norman
> Evidently you don't have it installed yet. let me see if I can figure 
> out which package it come with. OK, it's installed with the package that 
> simply has "menu" for a name.
Wow! I don't know what happened to that last post. I just read it 
myself, and I don't know where all of that crap came from! Please 
forgive the mess it was, and take my word for it, I don't know how in 
the world it got those words in it at all. I'm still trying to figure 
out what happened to it.

Anyway, the update-menus command is in the "menu" package, so you can 
now install and run the command, and add all the missing stuff to your 
menus, where it should be. I also don't know what happened to the link I 
thought I sent with that last post, so I'll add it to this one. This 
link is to a document file I've also installed from the repositories, 
and it is called the Debian Menu System.


After reading this doc you will understand how the Ubuntu menu system 
works, and may be able to add things to it manually without even the 
help of the menu editor. All of the menu files are plain text, in an xml 
markup format, and use keywords in the xml tags to control how the menu 
gets layed out.

The reason many items do not wind up appearing on your menus in the 
first place is due to the rules established by these xm; files, and 
whether or not higher level files in the menu hierarchy call for the 
inclusion of the particular menu folders those missing application's 
menu files  specify they should go.

Later, Ray Parrish

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