Re: newly installed apps not showing up in the menu
Postby kws48 on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:05 pm
I am having the same problem, a problem I may add that I have had ever since trying out Linux over three years ago!
I am not a computer geek! That said, I can follow some simple instructions when they are spelled out.
I have used terminal commands when they were explained to me. I also know some of the basics, but when it gets involved such as compiling and building, I am lost! I realize Linux if for people who understand computers. I try very hard, but this 62 year old simply is not a genius. Sometimes the answers on these forums simply assume you already understand everything. For many of us, that is not the case. I know many of you have no empathy toward those of us, who are not all that into computer speak. However there are more of us out there, than there are you guys! Now that I have made my rant, here is my problem.
I had installed and used very happily, DVD Backup in Ubuntu for some time. I recently installed Linux Mint ( Julia ) after having some mike problems in Ubuntu. Mint installed flawlessly and is working the same. However for whatever reason I can't find DVD Backup in my menu anywhere. I installed it, with Synaptic. It shows as being installed there, but when I try to use it NADA! Can someone please help this idiot? It's there, so how do I get it to work, or even show in my applications menu?
Kws48: I am a little bit older then you, and likely not as bright, but I share your frustration with the seemingly unintelligible instructions that we sometimes get as an answer to our one or two syllable questions.
I have been having the same problem as you have with the absent menu items for programs that I know I have installed. I also agree with some here who have suggested that it is a growing bug and have faith that someone will address it soon. However, until they do, I have found that while the one program that I want to use most often, K3b (a media burning program) is NOT shown in the menu, if I right click on an image file that I want to burn, eq" secretariat.iso, that K3b will be one of the options offered in the context menu for me to use to open the program.
Once open, you can use it at will. This also works with other programs that are missing from the menu.
I know this is not a solution to your problem, it is not even a very good kluge to allow you to get by. But it may just help you until a better solution comes along.
Happy trails old timer.