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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jan 2016, 21:20    Post subject:  Menus for Wine  

Hi All,

Starting with Wine 1.5.18, Version2013 moved the menu entries into a separate dotpet named wine_extras-v2.pet. It's currently available from here: http://lilfile.com/j9oqqs,

Alternative to having listing for some programs which come with wine scattered throughout your Menu are:

peebee's "just one entry under Utility which leads to a menu of all the wine programs" which is available from here: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=640535#640535

and Argolances' WinUtil 1.4, available on the French Forum, http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=102332

I have not, as yet, tried either alternative since currently all my Pups use portable-wine which provides menu-listing for those wine programs I am likely to use.

Previous to using portable-wine, I "de-cluttered" the Menu by browsing to /usr/share/applications, opening the desktop files of unwanted applications and adding a "z" to the beginning of the word specified in the Category Argument. Since there is no recognized --for example-- zUtility Category, the application would no longer appear on the Menu. If, later, I changed my mind, returning the application to the Menu was just a matter of removing the "z" and restarting X.

Version2013's post, http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=725128#725128 thoughtfully provided a link to WineHQ's listing of Commands which call programs included within Wine. http://wiki.winehq.org/ListofCommands. Those programs can be initiated by opening a terminal and typing, Code:

wine wineprogram arg1 arg2 ...

For example, "wine winefile" will open wine's filemanager.

With this information, it is easy to create menu entries for any of wine's builtin programs that you consider useful enough to be on the Menu. The following is the text of Wine-Control.desktop as it appears in /usr/share/applications

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Wine Control Panel
Comment=Wine Control Panel
Exec=wine control
GenericName=Wine Control Panel

To create a menu-entry for a different builtin wine program, open your text editor and copy the above into it, then change the relevant arguments and save it to /usr/share/applications with a different name. For example, if I wanted a menu entry for wine's filemanager, I would make the below bolded
changes and save it as "wine-filemanager" --without the quotes:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Wine Filemanager
Comment=Wine Filemanager
Exec=wine winefile
GenericName=Wine Filemanager

Make sure you have an appropriate icon in /usr/share/pixmaps. Smile

Above, I've bolded references to wine's included/builtin programs. These are NOT the programs you install. To create menu listings for those progams, see http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=814296


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PostPosted: Sun 17 Jan 2016, 07:51    Post subject:  

Nice summary, thank you! (bookmarked)
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