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Thread: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

    after fresh install of xubuntu 12.10
    invoking alacarte and then using edit menu ... changes do not stick

    also just ran updates today, still broken

    anybody have a fix for this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012

    Re: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

    The 'Main Menu' editor (alacarte) is in fact completely broken in xubuntu 12.10. Changes in the xubuntu Applications Menu made with alacarte are not effected. For example:

    -- Ticking/unticking boxes in alacarte does not stick (as reported above).
    -- New menu items created with alacarte are not put in place.
    -- Menu items deleted with alacarte remain in place.
    -- Moving items from one menu folder to another with alacarte no longer works.
    -- .desktop files of any menu item opened (with or without (!) change) in alacarte simply accumulate in /home/[user]/.local/share/applications, without further effect.
    -- sudo alacarte in a terminal no longer works.

    It appears that alacarte is dependent on an item (gnome-desktop-item-edit) provided by the gnome-panel package which is not not compiled with alacarte and which is not otherwise installed under xubuntu. (See also Launchpad Bug #656735 --

    However, the full gnome-panel package is an alien package under xfce, and it should not be installed under xubuntu as it pulls in a mass of redundant and undesirable non-xfce gnome desktop functionality. (Note: exo-utils for xfce, which provides exo-desktop-item-edit, is fully installed but this does not resolve the above bugs.)

    Apart from these bugs, alacarte has limited functionality, it is prone to crashing, and it is awkward to handle. Many of these problems have a very long history and are never properly addressed.

    It seems better if the alacarte Applications Menu Editor in xubuntu would be replaced as standard (or at least as an option through the (x)ubuntu repos) by LXMenuEditor. This menu editor is currently maintained at

    I have filed a Launchpad bug report at

    SYSTEM USED: Fresh install of xubuntu 12.10 (i386) using the official xubuntu .iso image, fully updated as of today.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Xubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

    Re: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

    i just edit the .desktop files in /usr/share/applications with nano

    Hidden=true will hide it in the menu
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  4. #4
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    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

    Alacarte still works fine for me (using 12.04). Anyone try out this alternative?

  5. #5
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    Re: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

    Alacarte works fine for me on XFCE 4.10 session in 12.10. I'm either lucky or not affected Xubuntu bug.
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    Lubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: alacarte, edit menu .. changes do not stick

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