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strider2003
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:54 am    Post subject: 'Games' group missing in LXDE menu Reply with quote

Whenever I install a new application, it is shown in the lxpanel menu, but the games are not. Also, I cannot execute games from the "run" option of this menu.

The user is in the games group and the executables are in the PATH, so I don't know where's the problem. Any ideas?

I have tried copying .desktop files from /usr/share/applications to ~/.local/share/applications, with no results.

This problem is also reported in this post in "Gamers & Players", but I think it belongs here, since it has almost nothing to do with games, but with LXDE.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:41 am    Post subject: its there for me Reply with quote

Hi,

I have the Games submenu in the lxpanel menu.

what happens when you "run" a game from a console, I guess that works, right?

did you try to run lxpanel from a console, to see any warnings/errors?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, ribx, I can run the games from the console.

I haven't tried running lxpanel from a console, but I will try asap (I don't have the computer with me) and see what happens.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After logging in a lxde session, I have tried the following steps, with surprising and annoying results:


  • I use the "Run" option in the lxpanel menu.
  • I type "ltris" (one of the games that I have installed) and I get an error message (not found).


Then, from lxterminal, I kill lxpanel, and then run it from the terminal. lxpanel runs silently, no messages are shown. Then I repeat the steps above, and now the "Run" dialog suggests the complete name of the game and, when I press enter, the game is started as expected.

So, in summary:


  • From lxpanel, I cannot run games, and the "games" group is not shown in the menu.
  • If I start lxpanel from a terminal, I can run games, but the "games" group is still not shown.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

strider2003,

If you have an entry in /usr/share/applications for the app then try
Code:
xdg-desktop-menu install /usr/share/applications/appname.desktop

If you don't have a desktop file there you should be able to create a simple one to launch it by looking through some of them :wink:
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BillWho, I have them.

I did as you suggest, but I get no results.

I run this command
Code:
xdg-desktop-menu install /usr/share/applications/appname.desktop


and I get no output. Then I open the menu, and I can't find any new entries. After loggin out and then logging in again, I open the menu again and still no new entries.

I don't understand why only games are not shown, being the user in the games group, and being able to run all games from the console.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

strider2003,

Strange to hear that it didn't work - it worked for me with VirtualBox. For some reason It wasn't showing, but executing xdg-desktop-menu install /usr/share/applications/virtualbox.desktop fixed it.

Did you try the --novendor option :?: Did you check the categories entry :?: That's the entry that appears to determine where the entry will reside.
Code:
root@gentoo-gateway applications # cat calculator-calculator.desktop|grep Categories
Categories=Education;Science;Calculator;

Maybe changing the category to an existing menu group to test it :? The only other suggestion I can make at this time is to look over the man file :wink:
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I installed a new machine and I'm facing again this issue (with AlienArena this time).

Looks like an LXPannel bug ...

Bye

Laurent
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hum, really strange.
I did some installation for something that don't have anything to do with games ... and "Games" category appeared :?
Exactly what happened last time.

Hum ...
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