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Program to browse freedesktop menu?

asked 2015-02-01 05:05:43 +0000

Nikratio gravatar image

Does anyone know program for interactive browsing of the freedesktop menu (and nothing more)?

I know about i3-dmenu-desktop, but that's not really what I want. If I know the name of the program that I want to start, then I don't need more than dmenu. But if I don't know exactly what a program was called, or if I want to browse what's installed, then a one-row command completion isn't very helpful either.

Basically, I'm looking for something that shows the freedesktop menu like gnome-panel or xfce-panel do -- but without implementing a persistent panel. I just want a program that I can run (from dmenu), that shows me the menu (in hierachical form in a multi-line window), and that terminates after I've clicked on a menu entry or close the window.

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answered 2015-03-02 19:19:43 +0000

Ruben G gravatar image

updated 2015-03-02 21:25:41 +0000

Today I've been looking for this.

I've found this nice app for the traybar: (Sorry I don't have enough karma to publish direct links).

Found in this related reddit thread with instructions for Debian/Ubuntu:

Working like a charm! Only icons aren't showing, but I don't really care..

PD. Finally I filled a github's issue for the icons thing, developer was a very nice guy, issue solved.

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answered 2015-02-03 11:26:51 +0000

lasers gravatar image

I use xfce4-panel. You can customize theme/size to make it small and hopefully less noticeable. Several xfce4-popup-* items have --pointer option that allows you to popup menu at current mouse position.

For popup items to work, you need to run 'xfce4-panel --disable-wm-check' and add the items to the panel -- then bindsym your favorite items (such as xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu -p or xfce4-popup-whiskermenu -p)

I tried lot of things, lot of launchers and even a simple ncurses XDG menu -- -- and they all does not fare well for me.

My opinion right now is that xfce4-panel or mate-panel seems like the the best way to get your XDG menu.

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answered 2015-02-01 10:40:25 +0000

Michael gravatar image

Perhaps is what you’re looking for :).

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That certainly goes in the right direction. Now, if only it'd use different colors for menu entries and submenus, and would not wait for any started application to exit.. guess I'll have to do some hacking. (I'd upvote this answer if only I'd have enough karma)

Nikratio gravatar imageNikratio ( 2015-02-03 17:39:27 +0000 )edit

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