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    Default General problems with opensuse applications

    Hey all;
    When I try to use AMsynth and many synthesizers on OpenSUSE 11.2, they do not show up. I know I have installed it, but I just do not know where to look for them. They don't show up in my Apps menu, so could I have some help with this? Thanks very much.

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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Hello Sith347,

    Quote Originally Posted by Sith347
    When I try to use AMsynth and many synthesizers on OpenSUSE 11.2, they do not show up. I know I have installed it, but I just do not know where to look for them. They don't show up in my Apps menu, so could I have some help with this? Thanks very much.
    How did you install AMsynth?
    The only package I could find is this one: http://software.opensuse.org/search?q=AMsynth&baseproject=openSUSE%3A11.2
    And it's in a home repository, meaning that the owner could have made an error while packaging.

    Nevertheless, if you've installed it from there you can easily see how the command is called.
    Start YaST->Software->Software Management.
    Select the package and select the tab "Files".

    Look for a file located in /bin, /usr/bin, /local/bin etc.
    If you found one (/usr/bin/AMsynth for example) copy it and paste it in a terminal.
    Press enter and it should run.

    Best of luck!
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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Sith347 wrote:
    > I know I have installed it


    how did you install them? background in section two of
    here:http://en.opensuse.org/Concepts and the link there to "package
    management"..

    if the stuff you want are in an openSUSE repo, just install them with
    YaST or zypper..

    if they come packaged as an RPM (but not in a repo) you should
    download and then install them using YaST (right click the RPM and
    choose Actions then Install with YaST....and, they will show up in the
    menu..

    but, if you install with the rpm command they won't unless the
    packager has included some 'magic'..

    and, if you compile and make install you will have to manually
    construct add them to the menu (learn how elsewhere, but it begins
    with a right click on the main menu icon and select "Menu Editor"

    if you compiled from source (or installed from an RPM the chances are
    that the executable was placed in the path and is some variation of
    the program name...like, you mention AMsynth, so i say if you open a
    terminal and type/enter amsynth it might spring to life...then it is a
    piece of cake to make an icon or menu item for it for it...

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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Howdy,
    Besides the posts before this one, I believe your question is based on an expectation that like Windows all installed applications should appear in the menu somewhere, ready to be launched with a click.

    Linux is fundamentally a command line operating system and a GUI of choice is optional.
    In your case KDE is the optional GUI which means that for the most part only KDE applications and KDE versions of applications will likely appear automatically in a menu.

    All other applications will not appear by default but are accessible from command line.

    You can edit your KDE menu to add pointers to your newly installed applications although it looks like in KDE today you can modify only the Apps branch of the menu.

    My personal system is to just place a text document on my Desktop that lists the applications I've installed. It's too bad the KDE menu can't be modified beyond the Apps branch and creating new pointers requires so much effort so I don't use the KDE menu system that much.

    HTH,
    Tony

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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    for the most part only KDE applications and KDE versions of applications will likely appear automatically in a menu.

    All other applications will not appear by default but are accessible from command line.
    Not sure what version of KDE you are using but all the non-KDE GUI programs I have installed using YaST have always appeared in the KDE menus without any intervention on my part. The only one for which I have ever provided any manual intervention is ImageMagick which is a command line program for which I have set up a link. KDE has never had any problem recognising the link whenever I have updated the distro.

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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    Besides the posts before this one, I believe your question is based on an expectation that like Windows all installed applications should appear in the menu somewhere, ready to be launched with a click.
    All GUI applications should appear in the menu somewhere, ready to be launched with a click. From a quick look doesn't seems to be any .desktop file in the SVN, so the bug should be reported upstream.

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    Default Re: General problems with opensuse applications

    Hi, I've fixed the amsynth package - it now installs a .desktop file and so should appear in your desktop environment's application menu.

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