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Old 05-21-2004, 11:46 PM   #1
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Where is the KDE "menu editor" or the actual menu located in KDE 3.1?

Hey guys.

I have fallen in love with linux and me and her are getting on very well. I have just come across the need to edit my kde menu and have been unsuccesful in finding where it is located on my computer. lol.

I have found the menu editor in the menu, but I can't open it up with root access unless I log in to KDE as root (which I don't want to do).

Sorry if none of that made anysense. But yeah i'm simply after the location of the kde menu or kde menu editor so i can run it or edit it as root.


Old 05-22-2004, 12:45 AM   #2
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that's odd because all users have the ability to set up KDE
to look,feel, and act like the user wants, including the need to
edit the KdE menu to his/her own liking......
SO, their must be a permissions issue with your ~/.kde should look into it.
Old 05-22-2004, 07:48 AM   #3
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Another way to edit the menu is to right click on your panel, open the panel properties window, an go to the last tab in that window. I believe that there is a section about what is in cluded in the KMenue, and also a program that lets you edit it.
Old 05-23-2004, 08:37 AM   #4
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locate kmenuedit |less shows kmenuedit to be in /usr/kde/3.2/bin/kmenuedit on my system (Gentoo, using KDE 3.2.2). Since this location is likely different on your system, I would suggest you do a locate of your own.

For comparison purposes, I have just opened kmenuedit from the command line as a user, without using the full path, or in fact having KDE running at the moment (logged into Openbox 3). I can select menu entries and edit them, seemingly without problem (I have no reason to actually edit any menu entries at this time, sorry).

There is no indication in the Help files that root access is in any way needed to edit the menu-- some other KDE system tools require that you use the "Administrative Mode" button to access them, but not this one apparently.

So it seems to me that your problem is caused by one of two possibilities: either 1) kmenuedit (or the kmenu file created by it) does not have user permissions to write or execute (which, while fixable, would be extremely odd), or 2) SuSE uses a merged KDE/GNOME menu similar to Mandrake's, in which case the KDE menu tool has been disabled so that you don't edit the KDE menus as if they are the main menu when you actually should be using the SuSE menu editing tool to do so (whatever that tool may be, as I am not a SuSE user). This second theory actually makes more sense than the first, imo, but SuSE users can verify that it does/does not hold water.

Oh, wait, Google has confirmed that it does hold water.... SDB: Editing the SuSE Menu and KDE Menu with K Menu Editor reveals both that "The SuSE menu" and "The KDE menu" are not quite the same, and that the KDE Menu editor can only be opened by root when logged in as root or via the sux or sux - commands (apparently SuSE has also modified or aliased su and su -), although a user can add individual entries that will show only on his/her own login.

Looks like the page explains everything. Good luck.

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