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Old 03-24-2004, 10:44 PM   #1
Calinate
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changing the gnome application menu


Hi there, I'm a recent convert to Linux from Windows and am enjoying the change but keep hitting several snags. Currently I'm trying to change the path of a program in my application menu in gnome from the old location to the new, correct location. I can change it, use it, log out and save my settings, and everytime I log back in it is pointing to the same wrong location again. What do I need to do to make the changes stick? Thanks
 
Old 03-25-2004, 09:54 AM   #2
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Hi there, I'm a recent convert to Linux from Windows and am enjoying the change but keep hitting several snags. Currently I'm trying to change the path of a program in my application menu in gnome from the old location to the new, correct location. I can change it, use it, log out and save my settings, and everytime I log back in it is pointing to the same wrong location again. What do I need to do to make the changes stick? Thanks
Is your session set to save after you log out? That's the only thing that comes to mind. Click, "Applications" --> "Desktop Preferences" --> "Advanced" --> "Sessions" and see if "Automatically Save Changes to Session" is checked. Try that and let me know.

Paul
 
Old 03-25-2004, 07:40 PM   #3
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No, I'm still having the same problem. Isn't that pretty much the same thing as checking the "save current setttings" box every time you log out?

Could it be the application? The application is the game "Savage" and the menu link points to my home directory but the file is actually in ~/games/Savage. Do you need to be root to make the changes stick? I was told by my friend who got me started with Linux that using xwindows as root was a Bad Thing.

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Old 03-25-2004, 10:30 PM   #4
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No, I'm still having the same problem. Isn't that pretty much the same thing as checking the "save current setttings" box every time you log out?

Could it be the application? The application is the game "Savage" and the menu link points to my home directory but the file is actually in ~/games/Savage. Do you need to be root to make the changes stick? I was told by my friend who got me started with Linux that using xwindows as root was a Bad Thing.
Yes it's the same thing. I don't think it's the application, and from what you are telling me, ~./games IS in your home directory - that's what the ~./ thing is. You shouldn't have to be root to make changes to your home directory; you have full read/write access to it. I am assuming you moved the program from one location to another and that's why you need to move the link?

As far as running X as root, I do it all the time, but for a limited time. Some things are easier to do in a GUI, some from the command line. The reason for NOT running as ROOT is so you don't break things, and also, when you are running as root, you have full read/write access to the entire system. If a hacker or virus was to get to your system while you were running as root, they have full control. I run terminal windows all the time as SU (root) because you have to, to accomplish certain chores. I wouldn't worry about it too much: do what you have to as root, then log out and back in as your user.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 12:05 AM   #5
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My friend was able to help me out. He thinks it had to do with the fact that I had first installed the game as root and then reinstalled it later at a new location. Logging on as root and changing the link properties didn't help. What I eventually had to do was find savage.desktop and edit it as root to point to the correct location. Now it seems to be working ok.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 06:35 PM   #6
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My friend was able to help me out. He thinks it had to do with the fact that I had first installed the game as root and then reinstalled it later at a new location. Logging on as root and changing the link properties didn't help. What I eventually had to do was find savage.desktop and edit it as root to point to the correct location. Now it seems to be working ok.
Glad you got it working!

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