K-Menu, XDG menus and Kiosk woes

Torsten Rahn torsten.rahn at credativ.de
Thu Jan 19 11:58:57 GMT 2006

The problem is that since KDE 3.4 many of those distributions _renamed_ the 
respective applications.menu file and included patches so that KDE parses for 


_instead_ of "applications.menu" and the like.

The motivation is that these distributions want to offer seperate menus for 
KDE and GNOME by this workaround.
Effectively this renders any update to KDE 3.4 or any self-compiled 
kiosktool-packages (that don't take the patched kdelibs into account) 

For any debian and kubuntu based distribution it helps as a workaround to 

- copy the  applications.menu file created by the kiosktool in the respective 
profile over to kde-applications.menu / copy the applications from an 
existing kiosk profile over.

- or compile your sources (kdelibs IIRC) without using the respective patch 
that changes "applications.menu" to something else.

I only got aware of the "secret" behind this bug a few weeks ago (and would 
enjoy to give a mighty kick into the **** of some packagers).

Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Kind regards,

        Torsten Rahn

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