How to add KDE application launcher?

Asked by The Fiddler on 2011-07-01

I am using AWN 0.4.1 on KDE 4.6.3 to replace the (extremely) buggy task manager KDE applet. Everything is working great, but one thing: I cannot find a way to use the KDE "application launcher". This is a very handy widget that integrates desktop search, an application list, and log-out/shutdown/etc buttons (this the equivalent of the windows start menu).

Noone on the net appears to know how to show/hide this thing. Any way is fine: a dbus command, a terminal command, even a keyboard shortcut! Or even a custom applet, if need be (python, C whatever).

So I turn to you for help! Does anyone know of a way to do this? This would help a lot of people who are searching for the solution.

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The Fiddler (stapostol) said :

Please note that this is 100% possible(*) - we just need to find the trick.

(*) invoke krunner (alt-f2), enter "application launcher" and press enter. Voila! The application launcher magically appears. Now we just need to find a way to reproduce this without krunner.

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Bob Wya (robert-mt-walker) said :

GnoMenu is nice and works OK for me (would be nice if the developers wasn't taking about pulling support). I am using it on top of Kwin in a Gnome session and it isn't giving any major problems. It has similar functionality to the very functional KDE Kicker launcher. GnoMenu has an AWN plugin btw.

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