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Old 01-19-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
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tip on putting a website link (or a file) into KDE Menu Editor


I just found out that if you put a website link into the K menu using KDE Menu Editor (in my case, my LQ subscribed threads page), you must specify the browser name in front of the link. If you don't, the link will only appear in the taskbar, spin the hourglass for a few seconds, then disappear. (I guess I thought MEPIS would know enough to use some browser by default.) This is in MEPIS 7, if that matters.

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Old 01-19-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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No it shouldn't matter, it's very probably just the desktop environment that "makes the choices" - in this case KDE - and not the distribution itself. But a good point anyway, especially if it doesn't give any errors, so it might not be clear for everyone why the link wouldn't open.

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Old 01-19-2008, 01:04 PM   #3
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The tip seems to extend more broadly than I thought. I made another KDE Menu Editor entry for a text file which I expected KWrite to open. It just spun the hourglass on the taskbar and disappeared until I thought to specify "kwrite" before the filename. It indicates that the application must be specified for files on the HD as well, possibly for anything.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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The command that you put in a KDE menu entry must be the same as if you typed the command in a terminal. Just putting the name of a file or a web link will not do anything.
 
Old 01-19-2008, 01:32 PM   #5
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That's right. However I recall that on Windows (yeah, you read that right) you could enter a filename in Command prompt, and have it opened in the default app for that file type, if any was set. And since I don't believe Linux operating systems were anything less, I bet it's possible to configure it the same way here - I just don't (at the moment) know how
 
Old 01-19-2008, 03:46 PM   #6
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The most significant difference I can think of between Windows and Linux, regarding menus and shortcuts, is that Linux doesn't waste small amounts of space by giving the shortcuts their own files (I think they are .LNK in Windows).
 
  


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