*subsequent* SW install won't add new entries to "Applications" menu

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Sun Sep 11 16:49:05 UTC 2011

On Sun, 11 Sep 2011, NoOp wrote:

> On 09/11/2011 09:21 AM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > On Sun, 11 Sep 2011, Liam Proven wrote:
> ...
> >> Have you tried doing some detective work and discovering how it's
> >> actually installed, so that you can go looking for config files and
> >> so on elsewhere?
> >
> >   this is proprietary software whose entire install appears to do
> > little more than dump everything into a single directory, so i don't
> > see what i did as being that drastic.
> >
> >   in fact, what i did appears to work just fine in terms of just
> > deleting the entire install directory and re-installing.  the *only*
> > issue is that, the first time i installed, i got those Applications
> > menu entries; since then, i haven't, so i'm just curious as to how a
> > *normal* ubuntu install would check whether those entries need to be
> > added.
> >
> >   i'm in the midst of some detective work doing just what you suggest,
> > but i'm asking what appears to be a general question -- if a ubuntu
> > package wants to add an entry to the Apps menu, where would it
> > normally check to see if that's already been done?  other than that
> > hiccup, everything else seems to be behaving just fine.
> ...
> Check:
> ~/.<appname>
> ~/.config
> ~/.gnome2
> ~/.local/share
> Most likely a leftover entry in:
> ~/.local/share/applications

  yup, that looks like the offending directory, which has remnants of
numerous earlier versions of the same software as well.  i'm assuming
that, as long as none of the entries in that dir actually show up in
my Apps menu, i'm safe to simply manually delete them, yes?



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