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Old 01-14-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
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Debian/Gnome Header Menu - What Package?

At the top of the Gnome panel for Debian 4.0 (etch) desktop there are three menu items (Applications Places Desktops) these pull down menus contain a basic set of selections that link into the dynamic menu capability provided by Debian.

Can anyone tell me with certainty what package creates these header menus and the basic selections they provide.

It is easy to see how they link into the user menus but I have not been able to determine the origin of the base menu selections.
Old 01-14-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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I can't give you all answers, but if you look in /usr/share/applications, you will see *.desktop files for individual applications. These determine where an application will appear in the menu. Some aspects of the menu (be it gnome or kde) are now governed by specs released by
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How interesting!

/usr/share/application does contains the ".desktop" files which essentially seem to contain the launchers which are placed on the Desktop when you drag and drop a menu item to the Desktop. These objects (.desktop) adjust for the selected language and define the category for the application. They also define the icon and the executable for the application. This is something I had not yet learned.

The objects that define the subordinate menu items are primarily defined in /usr/share/menu but also occur in /usr/share/menu/default and /etc/menu. These objects, as I currently understand it, create the subordinate menu selections for the header menus through the use of the update-menus command. An application installation should place a menu object in the proper folder and call update-menus to define its' selection in the menu structure. The menu object itself should define the selection value in the menu structure that contains it however they do not appear to do so. They only define the section for the application (e.g. Bash - "Apps/Shells"). The objects also do not define all of the selections available and do not define the Header Menu structure.


Applications Places Desktop
Accessories Home Folder Administration
Calculator Desktop

The question is where and how the Header Menu Structure is defined and where and how the base menu structure (e.g. Accessories, Home Folder, etc.) are defined.

Thanks for any help?

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