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Old 07-10-2004, 07:05 AM   #1
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Compiling from sources - Launching Apps...

Hi All,

I have been having a little problem with Audacity which if anyone can help with I'd be grateful if you could take a little look at this thread over here.

However, that is not the subject of my question here.

You'll see from that thread that I originally had Audacity installed using RPM (apt-get actually) but later tried compiling from source to see if that would solve my problem (it didn't).

When I installed it via RPM I had a nice little icon in my "Sound & Video" menu with which to start the application.

Having installed it from source of course I had no such shortcut.

My question is this: if the RPM packagers are able to create an RPM that puts an application into the menu structure why can't I?

As a newbie, the only way I have found to simplify the process of stating an application not listed in the menu is to:
a) find the start-up executable - usually in somewhere like /usr/bin;
b) make a symbolic link to my desktop
c) find a suitable custom icon to use...

This all seems a little clumsy.

Is there a more professional way?


Old 07-10-2004, 07:35 AM   #2
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As a newbie, I'm actually surprised you were able to accomplish that. The only other way I know of to do such a thing would be with a shell script, which would still require you to do most of the work :/
Old 07-10-2004, 08:53 AM   #3
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i think kde still has kappfinder, which looks for apps in it's list on your machine and adds them to the menu.
Old 07-10-2004, 08:57 AM   #4
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Is there a Gnome equivilant?

I'm afraid I'm wedded to Gnome - I don't know why but I just can't get on with KDE...


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