Posted: Wed 01 Aug 2012, 13:55 Post subject:
How to change Openbox static menu to dynamic pipe menu
Here is a guide to turn Puppy's static file openbox menu into a dynamically generated openbox pipe menu.
Why would you want to do this?
1. remove the need for fix menus - any /usr/share/applications/ .desktop file added or removed will instantly be updated in the openbox menu.
2. Simplification of the openbox menu.xml file - for puppy this is normally split over several different files making it complicated to customize - now it is all confined to one file /root/.config/openbox/menu.xml file that is less than 50 lines!
3. Menu management - Sub menus can easy be added or removed in the /etc/xdg/openbox/obmenu/obmenu script.
How to use:
Download the below obmenu.tar.gz file and extract then move the obmenu directory to the /etc/xdg/openbox/ directory.
Then open a terminal and run the setup script:
Now you will need to comment out any openbox entry in fixmenus as they will over write your new menu file.
Towards the bottom of the file look for anything relating to openbox and comment it out with a hash # at the start of the line - then save file.
#[ `which obmenu-refresh` ] && obmenu-refresh
#[ `which openbox` ] && ob-xdgmenu
#[ `which openbox` ] && obmenu-update
To customize the menu layout / quick launch applications and additional pipe menus etc edit file /root/.config/openbox/menu.xml
To customize what menu entries are displayed add/remove .desktop files in /usr/share/applications/ directory
- or -
i included a simple terminal menu entry manager in Ob Settings > Menu Manager
To customize / add / remove Sub Menus edit scritp /etc/xdg/openbox/obmenu/obmenu
To revert back to your old menu setup run in terminal script:
Warning this might not work or could even break your puppy openbox setup so use at your own discretion.
Just trying this on Precise 5.5 and I'm getting a compile error. If I try to run the script in a terminal I get:
Can't locate feature.pm in @INC (@INC contains: /etc/perl /usr/local/lib/perl/5.14.2 /usr/local/share/perl/5.14.2 /usr/lib/perl5 /usr/share/perl5 /usr/lib/perl/5.14 /usr/share/perl/5.14 /usr/local/lib/site_perl .) at /usr/lib/perl/5.14/File/Glob.pm line 7.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/lib/perl/5.14/File/Glob.pm line 7.
Compilation failed in require at ./obmenu line 116.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at ./obmenu line 116.
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