Adding a Menu Item to the Application Menu
You’ve installed a new application to SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 but it did not use “Install Software”, how do you add it to the application menu?
Create a .desktop file and place it in /usr/share/applications directory.
How it’s done:
I used the following to create a new menu item for Eclipse, an application installed on my machine by unzipping files.
Open a terminal window and login as Root using the command “su”, enter your root password.
To ensure I had the correct format, I opened an existing .desktop file in gedit:
I modified the entry so that only the following remained:
[Desktop Entry] Name=Eclipse Comment=Eclipse GenericName=Eclipse Exec=/home/rholder/eclipse/eclipse <-- location of eclipse executable Icon= Terminal=0 Type=Application Categories=Application;Development; 0 <-- Show option in both New Applications and Development
After saving, the menu option should appear in a few seconds.
SLED10, GEDIT, Terminal window