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Re: [kde-linux] Virtualbox start icon missing

Hi Mark,

On Thursday, 2014-03-20, 17:26:49, Mark Knecht wrote:
> Hi Kevin,
>    Thanks for the speedy reply
> On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM, Kevin Krammer <krammer@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Hi Mark.,
> > 
> > 
> > In a KDE session you can easily retrieve the full list search paths for
> > .desktop files using the following command:
> > 
> > kde4-config --path xdgdata-apps
> > 
> > If you son's system is missing the entry for Virtual Box then either did
> > the .desktop file not get installed or not into one of the search
> > locations, or if it is installed, the installation failed to trigger the
> > update mechanism.
> With your help I now see that my son's system has the same
> virtualbox.desktop file that's on the other systems:
> rocky ~ # cat /usr/share/applications/virtualbox.desktop
> [Desktop Entry]
> Name=Oracle xVM VirtualBox
> Type=Application
> Comment=Run several virtual systems on a single host computer
> Exec=VirtualBox
> TryExec=VirtualBox
> Icon=virtualbox
> Categories=System;Emulator;
> rocky ~ #

That looks good.

> As a layman it's not clear to me whether the
> "Categories=System;Emulator;" say put this in System, or put it in
> System->Emulator but it's not anywhere I can find so it appears that
> the install 'failed to trigger the update mechanism'.

The Categories are basically hints, used by the menu implementations to group 
applications. I think in KDE's menu it would go into System.

It is strange that in your case it is not added at all and unfortunately I 
don't know why. Things that go into /usr/share/applications here appear even 
automatically, i.e. without manually triggering the update.

You could try coping the virtualbox.desktop to your son's

And the running the update program again.

If nothing else works you could try adding the menu entry manually using 


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring

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