can't start application-browser from terminal

Asked by Peer on 2009-12-07

Binary package hint: gnome-main-menu

On opensuse you can start the application-browser from the gnome-main-menu from terminal


This is not possible on Ubuntu

I want to be able to start it from terminal and/or to make a shortcut for it

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This question was originally filed as bug #493567.

Florian Diesch (diesch) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see .

What browser do you use?

Peer (peerjam) said : #3

The application-browser you find in the gnome-main-menu

I use it in plain gnome

Peer (peerjam) said : #4

We are not talking about a web browser here, I hope that's obvious...

for exmple if you use nautilus (default file browser in ubuntu) you can use:

sudo ln -s `which nautilus` /usr/bin/application-browser

you can replace nautilus with whatever app you want to use (rox, thunar, dolphin, whatever)

Peer (peerjam) said : #6
Peer (peerjam) said : #8

It's nice that you try to help me, but you don't seem to have any idea what the application-browser is, or the gnome-main-menu (slab).

It's NOT an webbrowser
it's NOT an filebrowser
it's NOT an ubuntu software centre, nor has it anything to do with installing software

it's the application browser you will find in the gnome-main-menu (or slab menu)!!!

No I don't as I use Ubuntu. Maye if you actually explained what the app achieves then we'd get somewhere but you haven't so we are stuck aren't we.

Peer (peerjam) said : #10

I use Ubuntu too. I thought the name and the picture would say enough, but alas

What are you doing in a menu? Right, searching for applications and start them... In plain Ubuntu you go to applications > etc

In the gnome-main-menu, you have an application-browser to search for the applications and start them up. As you can see in the picture. So if I want to start Firefox I go to the gnome-main-menu, click on 'application-browser', go to network > firefox and launch it...

But see it for yourself
$sudo apt-get install gnome-main-menu

add gnome-main-menu to your panel

(maybe logout and in)

See how it works
Try to start the application-browser from terminal

remove the gnome-main-menu applet

I dont use gnome and have a highly customised minimal system I do not want polluting with huge amounts of deps so I am unable to test the functionality.

I dont use meu's. I launch my apps from guake. I find it so much faster.

Peer (peerjam) said : #12

anyone else please? Or is this a bug?

Vikram Dhillon (dhillon-v10) said : #13

Here's an easy way for making shorcuts, right click on the app in the
main-menu, and then click on add shortcut to the desktop.

Vikram Dhillon

On Thu, 2009-12-10 at 14:44 +0000, Derick wrote:
> Question #93165 on gnome-main-menu in ubuntu changed:
> Status: Answered => Open
> Derick is still having a problem:
> anyone else please? Or is this a bug?

Peer (peerjam) said : #14

The answer is:

$ /usr/lib/gnome-main-menu/application-browser