Update 09 Jan 05 - If you're still using this version of kde-update-menu with Debian Stable, please revert back to
the original Debian version and restore your /usr/share/applnk directory. You will likely have problems when upgrading to
Debian Sarge with KDE3 if you are using the version on this website.
Update 29 Apr 03 - The images showing the changes between the original Debian kde-update-menu and my version were
unfortunately lost when my old server was pilfered from its colo site. I've put the custom kde-update-menu script here but I wouldn't really recommend messing with it without taking a close look at
how the current version works. If you absolutely positively want to try it out, back up your /usr/share/applnk directory,
replace /usr/bin/kde-update-menu with my script and run "update-menus" while logged in as root.
In response to a request on Debian Community I
sat down and took a look at how "update-menus" works in Debian. After a bit of trial and
error I've worked up a replacement to /etc/kde2/kde-update-menu.sh which I believe
improves the usability of the KDE menu's dramatically by eliminating the "Debian"
sub-menu's off of the main KDE sub-menus. There are still some issues to be worked out
before I would feel confident in suggesting anyone who isn't familiar with the Debian menu
system starts using my replacement script. (1) It's quite slow in comparison to the
original kde-update-menu.sh. On my machine the original takes about 2 seconds to
complete, and my replacement takes about 10 seconds to complete. (2) What to do with
"Educational" programs is a bit of a quandary. In Debian, Educational programs install to
K->Applications, K->Applications->Educational, and
K->Games->Debian->Educational. The simplest solution is to dump them all into
K->Applications, but the directory is poorly named for this purpose. I could have it
rename K->Applications to K->Educational, but this might screw something else up.
(3) The script is intended to let you choose from among several menu styles, including the
current Debian menu style. I need to play around with this code a bit
Anyway, here's a few screen shots so you can see how it ends up looking. If
this looks like an improvement over the current menu system to you, please drop me a note
of encouragement either through email or on Debian Community.