What is MenuMaker?
MenuMaker is a menu generation utility for X window managers on *NIX systems. It is capable of finding lots of installed programs and generating a root menu consistent across all supported X window managers, so one will get (almost) the same menu no matter what window manager is used.
MenuMaker is a 100% Python application. The minimum required Python version is 2.7; it should also run on Python 3.
The latest tarballs can be obtained from the project’s download page.
Supported X window managers
The easiest way is to get the source distribution, unpack it into a temporary directory and perform the usual sequence:
./configure && make && make install
It is not required however as MenuMaker runs off the source tree as well. The MenuMaker's command-line driver is called mmaker.
The simplest MenuMaker invokation form is as follows:
This command employs all available algorithms to find all installed applications and dumps a fully usable and consistent menu into the specified window manager’s default menu file. For the full list of available options consult MenuMaker help:
A few tips & hints
Verbosity is controlled via the -v option. Specify it twice to get tons of debug output. MenuMaker runs silently by default.
The default policy is not to overwrite any existing files so there is less chance to kill valuable hand-crafted menu. To force overwriting files use -f flag.
Default MenuMaker operation is to dump menu to WM-specific file inside user’s home. Use -c flag to redirect this output to stdout. Useful for writing system-wide menus.
By default, MenuMaker generates fully formed and usable menu. To get only the part containing the applications found use -i flag. This output can be then #include’d into your custom frame menu. Note that this will not be a valid menu hence -c must also be specified (this is to forward the chunk to elsewhere).
By default, MenuMaker tries to eliminate the paths to executables wherever possible (for example, when an application can be found in PATH). To suppress this and always retain full paths use -p flag. Useful for debugging.
To specify the terminal emulator to run console applications use -t flag.
Flags started with --no- disable specific search algorithms.
-s is used to specify unwanted categories to omit from menu.
MenuMaker can be run stright out of the unpacked tarball without installation.
Upon installation the local documentantion is available in Texinfo form and can be accessed from command line as follows:
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