This is a status update for the Debian Menu transition from Bill Alombert.
This is a status update for the Debian Menu transition.
0) /usr/lib/menu-> /usr/share/menu
There are still 48 packages with menu entries in /usr/lib/menu.
Please fix them. I will consider such packages NMU candidates.
1) About 60% of menu files had been updated to the new menu sections.
There are still 672 packages to update.
However we do not need to fix them all for Lenny since menu has an
override file (/etc/menu-methods/translate_menus), but we need to
reduce the number of required overrides.
The sections that need to be fixed soon:
Apps/Tools (removed): 143 entries.
Apps/Net (split) : 114 entries.
Apps/Science (split): 15 entries.
Apps/System : 114 entries.
2) Some common mistakes to avoid:
– Do not put menu entries _directly_ under Applications/Science,
Applications/System and Applications/Network, but only in one of
– The longtitle need to be a valid menu entry if displayed alone,
and must identify uniquely the program. For that reason, it is
usually best if it includes the program name at the start, though
acronyms can be expanded.
– Even if your menu entry section still exist in the new hierarchy,
maybe your menu entry would be better in one of the newly added
section, e.g. Applications/Office or Applications/Video.
1) The offer for full menu translation still stand. The current
PO template is at
I need people to help me fix the menu strings so that
translated menus are useful.
1) /usr/sbin/su-to-root -> /usr/bin/su-to-root
Actually, please just use “su-to-root”. There is no need to
hard-code the path.
2) /usr/sbin/install-menu -> /usr/bin/install-menu
There are still 3 packages using #! /usr/sbin/install-menu.
Please change to #! /usr/bin/install-menu for lenny.
I will consider such packages NMU candidates.
If you did not migrate to the new structure already:
What you should do:
Look up the new hierarchy in the menu manual  and update your
menu files to use the new hierarchy. The manual include example packages
for each sections. A summary of change is provided below. If you are
not sure where to put your menu entry, please send an email to the
Thanks in advance with your effort in carrying out this transition.
Apps/Net [now Applications/Network]
Apps/Science [now Applications/Science]
Apps/System [now Applications/System]
File Management [new]
Mobile Devices [new]
Network/File Transfer [new]
Network/Web Browsing [new]
Network/Web News [new]
Project Management [new]
Science/Data Analysis [new]
System/Package Management [new]
TV and Radio [new]
Web Development [new]
Window Maker [new]
Amateur Radio [was:Hamradio]
Data Management [was:Databases]
System/Language Environment [was:Language-Environment]
Terminal Emulators [was:XShells]
Window Managers [was:WindowManagers]
FVWM Modules [was:WindowManagers/Modules]
— Use this update as an opportunity to improve the title and the longtitle.
In particular, please capitalize them properly.
Translations of title and longtitle will be available if we reach a
sufficiently high quality.
— Menu support a new format called “menu-2” since 8 years. In this
format lines break are not significant, but logical lines end by a
This is an example:
I do not have strong opinion about this format, but feel free to use it.
Since even potato support menu-2, there are no upgrade or backport
issue, however this might break the lintian code to parse menu file.
The only downside is that lintian does not reckognize it yet.
menu-2 is also available for menu-methods, through the definition
compat=”menu-2″. I highly recommend its use for menu-methods.
— Bill. <firstname.lastname@example.org> Imagine a large red swirl here.