Update: If you want the 2.0 version, check out this post.
I had some trouble getting the “Main Menu” program (alacarte) to work in Ubuntu 13.10, so I went exploring for an alternative. That’s when I ran across MenuLibre.
In older versions of Ubuntu, installing MenuLibre was as easy as this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:menulibre-dev/devel sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install menulibre
Unfortunately, the repository doesn’t contain support for Ubuntu 13.10. So, I downloaded the Tar file (menulibre_13.04.17.tar.gz) from the Launchpad site.
When I decompressed and ran it, I got this output:
skp@chestnut:~/Downloads/trunk/bin$ ./menulibre ERROR:root:Could not find any typelib for GtkSource Traceback (most recent call last): File "./menulibre", line 48, in <module> import menulibre File "/home/skp/Downloads/trunk/menulibre/__init__.py", line 25, in <module> from menulibre import MenulibreWindow File "/home/skp/Downloads/trunk/menulibre/MenulibreWindow.py", line 23, in <module> from gi.repository import Gtk, Gdk, GdkPixbuf, GObject, GtkSource # pylint: disable=E0611 ImportError: cannot import name GtkSource
So, I installed 3 packages:
sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gtksource-3.0 libgtksourceview-3.0-1 libgtksourceview-3.0-common
After that, it worked great.
To install, I just copied the extracted “trunk” directory to the /usr/share directory.
sudo cp -r trunk /usr/share/menulibre
Next, I created a symbolic link to the bin directory so it would be on the path and easy to launch:
sudo ln -s /usr/share/menulibre/bin/menulibre /usr/bin/menulibre
Finally, I used the program itself to add a launcher.
Here’s the basics of how it works…
To add a new launcher, browse to the category that you want, and click “Add Launcher”.
Click the “New Menu Item” title to change the display title of the launcher. This will let you edit it.
Click the checkmark to confirm the edit.
Do the same for the comment/description underneath the title.
Most importantly, set the command to run. In this case, I didn’t have to specify a full path because menulibre is now on my path.
Finally, save the new menu item:
To delete the icons that alacarte messed up, you must first open the launcher by clicking on it. I found them in the “Other” category. Then, there is a delete button in the lower right hand corner.