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VARIOUS dmenu: Manually add items

Dmenu is one of my favorite parts of #! CrunchBang, but it was always somewhat of a mystery to me how it actually picks up the programs it can find - well, that was until tonight, when I took a look at the associated scripts.

Let's say you installed a little python script that you want to be able to call from dmenu - I placed it into /usr/share/ with the hope dmenu would just pick it up magically, but no such luck - would have been too easy anyways. It is not much harder though, because all it needs is for you to create a symbolic link to the executable you want to start inside /usr/bin/ and dmenu will automagically find it! To do so, just type

sudo ln /path/to/your/file /usr/bin/symlinkname -s

and to make it a little more clear, let's say we have a program called “helloworld” in /usr/share/samples/ and want to call it from dmenu by the name “helloworld”. For this to work we would type:

sudo ln /usr/share/samples/helloworld /usr/bin/helloworld -s

Ummm…yes, that's it already - short HOWTO, but good to know none-the-less!

P.S.: I just received a comment on my blog, and there is another way to add aplications, especially if you created a new directory that will hold executables:

Symbolic links work or you could add:
to your .profile

By adding the new folder to your $PATH environment, dmenu will find those executables; because that's how it does it magic, by just searching $PATH

howto/howto_manually_add_items_to_dmenu.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/28 18:18 by machinebacon
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