gnome-2.10 menu's

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Sun Jun 5 05:04:42 GMT 2005

> Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2005 05:49:29 +0200 (CEST)
> From: "P.U.Kruppa" <root at>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-gnome at
> On Sun, 5 Jun 2005, Jayton Garnett wrote:
> > This might have been covered before but since im new to this list...
> > I've been looking around and found no help on editing the menu's on
> > gnome-2.10. On the site it says edit the .desktop
> > files, but i cant find them. does anyone know where they are or how to
> > edit them?
> You can find them by
> # locate .desktop
> Most of them are placed in
> /usr/X11R6/share/gnome/applications/
> If you are running linux apps you will find some more 
> ../applications/ directories.
> You can create/edit them with your favourite editor.
> The idea is, that every application should come with it's own 
> ready made .desktop files and that users should keep their 
> fingers off menu configurations. Probably this is a very bad 
> idea.

/usr/X11R6/share/gnome/applications/ is the locations for system-wide
.desktop files. Per-user files may be placed in

You can also add entries to the applications menu by putting them in:
/usr/X11R6/etc/xdg/menus/ (system-wide)

For details, see the freedesktop specs
XDG Base Directory Specification at, 
Desktop Menu Specification at, and 
Desktop Entry Specification at

I have edited the system-wide to add a new item to the
Applications menu and have added both per-user and system-wide .desktop
files, but I have yet to try  per-user menu file,
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at			Phone: +1 510 486-8634

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