HOWTO MenuMaker with xfce4

Joe Klemmer klemmerj at
Tue Jul 22 22:31:09 CEST 2003

	Here are some very basic instructions for using MenuMaker to build an
additional menu to include all of the apps it finds on your system.


1. Copy the file /etc/xfce4/menu.xml to your ~/.xfce4 directory.

	$ cp /etc/xfce4/menu.xml ~/.xfce4

2. Edit this file and remove the comment lines around the "&menu2;" line
which is at the bottom of the file.  It should look like this -



3. Run MenuMaker for xfce4 with the -o switch to create a separate menu
file.  If you do not use the -o switch the menu.xml file in ~/.xfce4
will be overwritten.

	$ mmaker -v -o menu2.xml XFce4

4. Edit this file <menu2.xml> and remove the first 3 lines.  They should
look similar to this -

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE xfdesktop-menu []>

4. Also delete the last line in this file, which should be 


all by itself.

5. Move the menu2.xml file to your ~/.xfce4 directory.

	$ mv menu2.xml ~/.xfce4

6. (Optional) If you want to make this generated menu a sub-menu off of
the main one, edit the menu.xml and put something like this around the
"&menu2;" line -

    <menu name="Apps" visible="yes">


Joe Klemmer <klemmerj at>
Unix System/Network Administrator & Ad Hoc Programmer

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