vim

gnome-vim menu item in Applications...Accessories (like Emacs)

Asked by Grant Bowman on 2008-06-21

I just installed gnome-vim. Shouldn't it register a menu item like Emacs does? I might be able to help implement this if a mentor steps forward.

Thanks,

Grant

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Grant Bowman (grantbow) said : #1

With some help from folks in #vim I found these user instructions. http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-add-entries-in-gnome-menu.html When I right click on the applications menu and select Edit Menus and click on Accessories I see that the vim menu item is available but not visible (checked) by default. Thie fix will be in the form of a diff to the http://packages.ubuntu.com/source/hardy/vim package that would make that check box select by default during installation.

Grant Bowman (grantbow) said : #2

I found this in the vim source changelog.

+vim (1:6.3-025+1ubuntu2) warty; urgency=low
+
+ * debian/vim-gnome.desktop:
+ - Disable menu item.
+
+ -- Jeff Waugh <email address hidden> Fri, 8 Oct 2004 10:04:36 +1000

I can only speculate as to why. Perhaps vim was installed by default in those days, unlike now. I would bet that today if someone goes to the trouble of installing vim they most likely WANT to see it in the menu.

Grant Bowman (grantbow) said : #3

There seems to be an established team on the Debian side, but not a single contact on the Ubuntu side as the package is handled by the MOTU team. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU

http://packages.qa.debian.org/v/vim.html

https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/vim/

I am having difficulty sorting through all the differences. The point of contact for issues with a MOTU package aside from the people that have done work on it before seems to be the MOTU Council. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Council

James McCoy (jamessan) said : #4

This seems to be related to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuPackagingChanges and specifically https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MenusRevisited. There's no mention of editors on the MenusRevisited page so it seems that Vim was considered, IMO wrongly, under "If an item is primarily launched by a specific MIME type and works with one file at a time, it can be hidden". GIven that this isn't being done for other editors (like emacs and gedit), this seems like a bogus change and a bug in the Ubuntu packaging.

Grant Bowman (grantbow) said : #5

Hi James, thanks for responding from the Debian perspective.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) said : #6

I've just uploaded a fix to Intrepid, thanks to James' comments. Sorry for the delay.

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