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Old 08-21-2004, 05:47 PM   #1
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Adding Shortcuts to Start Menu

I want to add shortcuts to programs from the start menu but I'm not sure which commands
to use and where to use them. About all I've been able to figure out is to right click 'Start
Applications" and then click on Menu Editor. After that, I'm lost. I have the installation
instructions and the locations of the files, but I don't know where to put what.

For example, I just installed F-Prot Anti-Virus and need to know which commands I have to
put where in order to activate the application. In the Menu Editor, does anyone know what I
should put in "Command", "Work path", "Terminal options (Run in terminal is checked)"?

I'm running Fedora Core 1 if that helps any.

Old 08-21-2004, 07:19 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if I understand your question, so pardon me if I overrespond.

There are several ways to make life easier.

On the console, add to your .bashrc script

alias <command 1> <command 2> and
ln -s <file 1> <file2> .

./bashrc get executed everytime you pops up a
console. For infos, do

man alias and
man ln .

On the desktop, create icons. Two ways.

Left-click and immediately let go Launch (bottom left)
and then wiggle to what you want, e.g.,

Launch->Applications->Accessories->Text Editor

Then Left click what you want (e.g., Text Editor)and HOLD,
and then drag to the desktop. Let go and choose to link it.

Pop up the file manager (My Home) and wiggle to the
directory you want. Then Left click what you want and HOLD,
and then drag to the desktop. Let go and choose to link it.

Add an application to the Menu (i.e., to the Launch Files).
Go to

Launch->Applications->System->Menu Editor .

Add whatever applications you want. If you need to
know where the executable is, open a console and type

whereis <application>

In the Menu Editor, you click "new item", make up a name.
And then, place something in the command, i.e., /usr/bin/mozilla .
After that, click and drag on the left side the application icon to
where you want it.

Hope I answered your question.

Old 08-22-2004, 02:20 PM   #3
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Thanks for your help, Sheng-Chieh. I added the command line to the executable '/usr/local/f-prot/f-prot' in the Menu Editor but it won't start. Any ideas?

Thanks again!
Old 08-22-2004, 05:32 PM   #4
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hopefully keeping with the spirit of the thread, when you install an rpm, what's the best way to find where the executable was put in order to create a link to start the prog in KDE? i've tried filesearching using wildcards for strings with the program name in them (bitdefender and a newsreader i can't remember the name of, in particular). i'm admittedly spoiled by xp and install packages that neatly create icons in the start menu. are there rpm's or allinone setup packages that do something similar under KDE? thanks


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