Gnome menu entries can be created using the GUI interface, but when pushing out an application to multiple machines, using the command line to accomplish such a task can save a lot of time.
 Creating Gnome Menu Entries Esing the Command Line
Basically, all you have to do is create an appropriately named .desktop file inside /usr/share/applications.
WAIT: After installing a new menu item, you may have to log off and back on to see the new menu entry.
Here is a standard entry from the kate.desktop file:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Version=2.5.9 Type=Application Terminal=false Name=Kate Comment=An MDI Text Editor for Programming Categories=Development; Exec=/usr/bin/kate Icon=/usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/apps/text-editor.svg
A quick explination of some of the items in this file:
- Type= This says the type of file that we are launching. Valid options are:
- Terminal= If we needed the application to launch in a terminal, we would set this to true.
- Name= The name that will be displayed in the menu.
- Comment= A comment that will appear on mouseover to describe the application; a tooltip.
- Exec= The path to the application we wish to run.
- Icon= An icon that will be displayed in the menu.
- Categories= This defines which sub menu we want our item to display in. You must use the category name listed below for each specific sub menu:
Sub Menu Name -> Category Name Accessories -> Utility; Edutainment -> Education; Games -> Game; Graphics -> Graphics; Internet -> Network; Office -> Office; Programming -> Development; Sound & Video -> AudioVideo; System Tools -> System; Others -> Other;