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Old 05-01-2017, 09:16 PM   #1
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Issues with Puppy Linux Tahr 6.0.5


I like Puppy Linux - very versatile and helpful OS.
But there are certain places I run into obstacles.

One is trying to remove menu entries that go nowhere.
I installed LibreOffice at one point using DEB packages.
Since I did not use the Puppy Package Manager, when I later
removed the app by deleting its files and folders, the menu entries remain.
Package Mgr does not list apps you install externally...

How do you remove the entries?

I have two more issues, but it's too late tonight to post them...tomorrow..

Thank you,

pedpup
 
Old 05-02-2017, 08:03 AM   #2
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Hey pedpup2 - Welcome to LQ.

Although I used it extensively years ago, I haven't used Puppy recently. That said, I recall that it used either JWM or IceWM as window managers at the time. If you need to manually go delete menu entries for libre-office, try searching for your window manager's editing function (it may be a simple text file to edit ...) and go from there.

By the way, doesn't that version of Puppy have a package for libre-office ?

Cheers,
 
Old 05-03-2017, 02:20 AM   #3
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How do you remove the entries?
those are usually in /usr/share/applications/*.desktop
or ~/.local/share/applications/*.desktop
 
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Old 05-08-2017, 09:01 PM   #4
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Removing Menu Entries...

ondoho,

Thanks for replying...I looked in /usr/share/applications/ and found many files
with extension .desktop..there was no applications folder in ~/.local/share/

Those I was looking for were LibreOffice 5.3 [Base | Calc etc].desktop.
I deleted them all, then restarted Puppy. But the menu entries are still
there.

So what now? I figure the strings have to be somewhere - but Puppy doesn't organize
things quite as I am used to...

Thanks again for helping.
 
Old 05-09-2017, 01:17 AM   #5
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But the menu entries are still
there.
might need to clear the menu cache.
i think it's ~/.cache/menus - just delete it completely.
 
Old 05-09-2017, 01:18 AM   #6
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Since I did not use the Puppy Package Manager, when I later
removed the app by deleting its files and folders, the menu entries remain.
oops, i completely missed that.
well, i hope you learned that this is NOT the right way.
 
Old 05-09-2017, 11:47 PM   #7
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You can look for every libreoffice in a filename with:
Code:
$ locate libreoffice
You can also look inside files with:
Code:
$ grep -i -r libreoffice /etc
and see what that turns up.
 
Old 05-10-2017, 06:03 AM   #8
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Smile Thank you all...problem solved

Thanks, awesomemachine, for the info on searching
for files...I've always had a problem using "find"
and "grep" so this is very helpful...

The answer to the stray menu entries turned out to be
that I had not clicked "rebuild menu" ( this command
appears in the "exit" menu - where I'd never
think to look, and never noticed. )

Once I did that, the entries were gone.

All of this has been great learning experience about
Linux in general, so again thank you...
 
Old 05-10-2017, 10:46 AM   #9
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A little note on what's going on...

The fancy desktops like Xfce and KDE create their menu by scanning the .desktop files every time you boot up. Normally the simple window managers rely on a menu configuration file and expect you to maintain it. Puppy typically provides little utilities to make its window manager more user-friendly, and I suspect the tool to update the menu configuration file is one of them.
 
  


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