Menu Editor

Tomás Acauan Schertel tschertel at
Thu May 3 04:25:28 CEST 2012

I have a sleepy project on a menu editor for xfce.
If someone's interested on help me, I can reactivate it.

Tomás Schertel
Linux Registered User #304838
Arch Linux User

On Wed, May 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM, Maximilien Noal
<noal.maximilien at>wrote:

> On 05/02/2012 07:59 PM, Raphael Groner wrote:
>> Maximilien Noal noal.maximilien at
>> Wed May 2 19:14:43 CEST 2012
>>> If one has to make an "official" menu editor for Xfce, I think that
>>> alacarte-xfce [1] will be a good starting point, instead of starting
>>> from scratch.
>> It does not make much sense to use alacarte-xfce as a starting point
>> for coding. Although, it's a good place where all the available patches
>> are listed. I've tried already to mention it in another mail: There's
>> a needed dependency to gnome-menus2, and Alacarte is written in Python
>> with corresponding Python/C bindings. Not only that, Fedora has a
>> dependency to gnome-panel that will invent between half to all the
>> Gnome3 stuff, WTF? I can not say anything about Xubuntu.
>> When you look into the source of Alacarte, you can see that this
>> library is used for nearly the whole of the data structures used
>> internally by alacarte to cache the menu structure. To port it to xfce
>> only, this will then mean to rewrite the whole backend. You then reuse
>> only the GUI, which is one single Glade file without any functionality.
>> There are no Python bindings for garcon available, so far. PyXfce seems
>> to be dead, and it has only something for libxfce4menu that is also
>> dead (due to replaced by garcon).
> You're right I forgot it was written in Python. My bad.
> I guess I was talking about myself without realizing it (a newbie about
> XDG stuff and Xfce - even if I use mainly Archlinux - who really wants to
> contribute but has no time and try to make some) when I said it would be a
> good starting point. ;-)
> About Xubuntu, they replaced all the gnome dependencies with garcon/xfce
> dependencies (same thing for the AUR version, it seems, as it did not
> install any gnome dependency either).
>>  It works flawlessly from my user point of view, but I was told by
>>> the/a Xubuntu maintainer that it had still some weird bugs (I quote :
>>> "it tends to copy categories, menues, and .desktop files in
>>> ~/.config/cache even when they are not being modified" [2])and was
>>> more or less unmaintained upstream.
>> I can confirm that the files are copied always. But what's the problem?
>> Those files do not harm and Alacarte has the option to reset everything
>> to default; this will copy the standard again. There's some spec for all
>> that menu stuff, availabe at the Gnome project.
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