How to change/edit menus in xfce4 on xubuntu 9.10

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at
Thu Feb 4 19:40:02 CET 2010

On 04/02/2010 19:24, Chris G wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 04:55:04PM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
>> On 04/02/2010 16:45, Chris G wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 04:42:03PM +0100, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
>>>> On 04/02/2010 15:41, Chris G wrote:
>>>>> I'm quite happy to edit things directly if necessary.
>>>> Look in /usr/share/applications to get the correct .desktop file.
>>> I did that, there isn't one for AisleRiot.  I *guess* therefore the
>>> menu must be generated from the 'old style' /usr/share/menu/aisleriot,
>>> however that is as follows:-
>>>     ?package(aisleriot):needs="X11" section="Games/Card" \
>>>             title="Gnome Solitaire Games" command="/usr/games/sol" \
>>>             icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/aisleriot.xpm"
>>>     ?package(aisleriot):needs="X11" section="Games/Card" \
>>>             title="Gnome FreeCell" command="/usr/games/sol --variation freecell" \
>>>             icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/freecell.xpm"
>>> So is supposed to generate two entries.
>> On Debian (and thus Ubuntu), you may have two menus. The
>> menu and the Debian (Ubuntu) menu, which predates the fd.o one, and is
>> beginning to be slightly deprecated (but is supported by quite some
>> window manager in Debian/Ubuntu).
>> So it'd help if you told us in which menu it appears (and wether the
>> 'menu' package is installed).
> I'm talking about the menu that appears as "Applications" in the
> xfce4-panel and also appears as "Applications" when you right click on
> the background.
>> Not sure how the menu are organised in Ubuntu, but in Debian we have the
>> Xfce (fd.o) menu at root (where you have submenus like Accessories,
>> Graphics, Multimedia etc. with icons), then a submenu called Debian (so
>> maybe Ubuntu for you) where you have categories (without icons).
> It's xubuntu rather than Ubuntu.  It sounds like I'm talking about
> what you call the "Xfce (fd.o) menu", it certainly has the submenus
> you refer to.

It doesn't matter wether it's Ubuntu or Xubuntu, both would have it (if
menu package is installed)
>> The first one is autogenerated at runtime using /usr/share/applications
>> and .local/share/applications .desktop files. The latter is generated
>> when applications are installed, using files from /usr/share/menu/
> Aahh!!  A grep for 'aisleriot' in /usr/share/applications shows that
> it's entry there is sol.desktop, that's what has been confusing me. 
> Thanks for the help, I think I can sort things out now.

No problem. You might want to copy the sol.desktop file to
.local/share/applications and edit it from there. I /think/ it won't
duplicate it in the menu and it might prevent it beeing overwritten when
the package is updated.


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