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Old 01-11-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
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This computer has had various distributions on, Xubuntu, Ubuntu 12.10 with a program to get rid of Unity and replace it with something similar to the Gnome2 panels and menu (gnome-session-fallback/gnome-panel?) and now Cinnamon. Probably because of its history Cinnamon doesn't work properly so I've had to use gnome-session-fallback/gnome-panel to get the classic Gnome2 panels. (I've put a separate post about this.) I think the various distributions have been using the Applications/Places menu lists, but slightly differently.

The Alacarte menu editor does not reflect what is actually on the menu. I think the menu program attempts to merge different menu lists into one. I reckon I'd be best to delete all or most of them and start again, how should I identify these files, and where should I look for them?

Update: I've just found this page Gnome which is well written and understandable even by a novice like me - perhaps a useful site. It suggests that they are to be found here /usr/share/applications and here ~/.local/share/applications.

I went through ~/.local/share/applications deleting duplicates and anything that didn't have a proper icon as I found that those applications weren't installed. There were about 400 files which I have reduced to 4. The menu was always very slow, now I know why, it's much faster now!

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:49 AM   #2
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I think I know what part of the problem is, I had been using Alacarte because Cinnamon Menu Editor doesn't work from the menu*. If I use Cinnamon Menu Editor it nearly matches what it is showing on the menu, so I conclude that Alacarte works on different files and shouldn't be used. The System sub-menu contains Administration and Preferences which don't show in Cinnamon Menu Editor.

Update: I've now found /etc/xdg/menus/cinnamon-settings.menu which seems to create those sub-menus and organise certain types of application into them so that's alright.

*Cinnamon Menu Editor
When attempting to run it from the menu the error message is
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Failed to execute child process "/usr/share/applications/cinnamon-menu-editor.desktop" (Permission denied)
The permissions look the same as "Cinnamon Settings" which works. If I run it by clicking on the .desktop file or by typing cinnamon-menu-editor in a terminal it works - very strange.
This is the only remaining problem.

Update: I haven't worked why this was happening, but I have reinstalled Cinnamon with a different username so it is no longer a problem.

Last edited by Chris.Bristol; 01-12-2013 at 11:44 AM.
 
  


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