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What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:37 am
by Shane15
One of the reasons I switched from Mate to Cinnamon was the Cinnamenu applet. I am running 19.2 and I have used Cinnamenu on every install I do, but I can no longer find it as an option. Does anybody know what happened to it or the author?

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:57 am
by xenopeek
It's no longer maintained and not compatible with current Cinnamon version.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:16 am
by Shane15
Oh, I didn't know that. Thanks for the info.
It works great in every version I have used. If I upgrade to 19.3 from 19.2, will the upgrade wipe out my current version of Cinnamenu?
Also, is there any contact info for the author so that I might be able to get the source code for it?

What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:21 am
by gm10
Shane15 wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:16 am
Also, is there any contact info for the author so that I might be able to get the source code for it?
https://github.com/jaszhix/Cinnamenu

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:56 am
by smurphos
This will get you a working copy. All are individual commands to be copied and pasted into a terminal

Use tmp directory to minimise need for post download cleanup

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cd /tmp
Download a zip of the cinnamon spices repo just before Cinnamenu was retired

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wget https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-spices-applets/archive/b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91.zip
Extract the zip

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unzip b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91.zip
Copy the Cinnamenu applet to your local applets folder

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cp -r /tmp/cinnamon-spices-applets-b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91/Cinnamenu@json/files/Cinnamenu@json ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/Cinnamenu@json
Tweak it so it loads in forthcoming Mint 19.3 Cinnamon 4.4.x

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tee ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/Cinnamenu@json/metadata.json <<'EOB'
{
  "uuid": "Cinnamenu@json",
  "name": "Cinnamenu",
  "description": "A flexible menu providing formatting options, web bookmarks, open window lookup, and search provider support with fuzzy searching.",
  "max-instances": 2,
  "version": "4.1.3",
  "multiversion": true,
  "website": "https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-spices-applets/issues?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Aissue+is%3Aopen+Cinnamenu%40json",
  "comments": "Made possible thanks to the efforts of contributors to the Cinnamon menu, Gnomenu, and the contributors to projects they derived from.",
  "cinnamon-version": ["3.2", "3.4", "3.6", "3.8", "4.0", "4.2", "4.4"]
}
EOB
Open your applets settings module from the menu - it will be ready to add to the panel.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:21 am
by Shane15
gm10 and smurphos,
Thx for the info guys. :D

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:03 am
by pebcak
@smurphos

Thank you so much! This works for me on Linux Mint 19.3.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:34 am
by JosephM
Just be aware that this is unsupported and unmaintained currently. It could break or cause problems with any update to Cinnamon. It isn't likely to until at least the next major version of Cinnamon but just keep it in mind.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:35 am
by fstjohn
Thanks lots! I was missing it after upgrading to 19.3. Your procedure works like a charm!

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:51 pm
by ravenmad
@smurphos - thanks so much! Worked perfectly :)

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:32 pm
by Grateful4Linux
I'm so disappointed to read that Cinnamenu is no longer maintained. I began using it when I bought a new monitor with higher resolution/dpi. The start menu is so much easier for me to see using Cinnamenu.

Is there any chance that a project like that will get taken over and continue?

I appreciate the instructions above. That is helpful for 19.3, but it looks like next year, with Linux Mint 20, I will have to go back to the difficult to see menu.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:21 pm
by pebcak
JosephM wrote:
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:34 am
Just be aware that this is unsupported and unmaintained currently. It could break or cause problems with any update to Cinnamon. It isn't likely to until at least the next major version of Cinnamon but just keep it in mind.
Thanks for the heads-up!

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:50 pm
by Grateful4Linux
smurphos wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:56 am
This will get you a working copy. All are individual commands to be copied and pasted into a terminal

Use tmp directory to minimise need for post download cleanup

Code: Select all

cd /tmp
Download a zip of the cinnamon spices repo just before Cinnamenu was retired

Code: Select all

wget https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-spices-applets/archive/b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91.zip
Extract the zip

Code: Select all

unzip b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91.zip
Copy the Cinnamenu applet to your local applets folder

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cp -r /tmp/cinnamon-spices-applets-b09085757981ee3ea9e5b65f631b2a1469628f91/Cinnamenu@json/files/Cinnamenu@json ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/Cinnamenu@json
Tweak it so it loads in forthcoming Mint 19.3 Cinnamon 4.4.x

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tee ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets/Cinnamenu@json/metadata.json <<'EOB'
{
  "uuid": "Cinnamenu@json",
  "name": "Cinnamenu",
  "description": "A flexible menu providing formatting options, web bookmarks, open window lookup, and search provider support with fuzzy searching.",
  "max-instances": 2,
  "version": "4.1.3",
  "multiversion": true,
  "website": "https://github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-spices-applets/issues?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Aissue+is%3Aopen+Cinnamenu%40json",
  "comments": "Made possible thanks to the efforts of contributors to the Cinnamon menu, Gnomenu, and the contributors to projects they derived from.",
  "cinnamon-version": ["3.2", "3.4", "3.6", "3.8", "4.0", "4.2", "4.4"]
}
EOB
Open your applets settings module from the menu - it will be ready to add to the panel.
Thank you so much for posting those instructions! I'm not sure what happened the first time I did it, but it didn't work. I think I might have missed a character (or a few characters or something.) I wasn't sure how to undo what I did in the terminal and start over, or if I should Timeshift back, but I just redid it and the second time it worked.

I'm so glad to have Cinnamenu back! I upgraded yesterday and really hate the built-in menu. I tried to get used to the CinnVIIStarkMenu too, but I found it cumbersome compared to Cinnamenu, which for me is much more efficient and pretty much ideal for my workflow, monitor resolution, and visual comfort.

I am also very happy that I read this thread before upgrading in place. After reading that Cinnamenu is no longer supported/compatible, I figured I should remove it before the upgrade... but for some reason I was curious to see what would happen if I left it as it was for the upgrade. (I must be a masochist.) If I hadn't procrastinated I would have upgraded a week ago and would have been shocked and upset to find the start menu suddenly missing.

Even though I was prepared to find the menu suddenly missing, I wasn't sure what to do when faced with not having any menu access. Perhaps there is a keyboard shortcut to bring up the menu? I wasn't even sure how to restart or shut down without the menu. It threw me more than I expected, and the only thing that saved me was some kind of error warning having to do with Xapps which allowed me to access some configuration settings and get a menu active.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:07 am
by JosephM
Just for general reference. If you find yourself without a start menu, you can always right click on the panel which will bring up the applet settings so you can add one back :)

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:48 pm
by Grateful4Linux
JosephM wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:07 am
Just for general reference. If you find yourself without a start menu, you can always right click on the panel which will bring up the applet settings so you can add one back :)
I noticed that last night, but I wasn't sure if it was there right after my 19.3 upgrade. I guess it was but I didn't notice it. Oh, actually now that I'm thinking about it... I think whatever caused the error saying something didn't start caused that not to show up at first. (Exactly what transpired is getting increasingly murky, but I definitely did notice that option when I was tweaking the panel settings yesterday, so hopefully I will remember/notice that if it ever happens again.)

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:22 pm
by Ringel05
Just upgraded and saw this, worked like a charm!! Thanks!!!!!

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:23 pm
by vaca
@smurphos - thanks so much , You're an absolute hero the best !!! :mrgreen:
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Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:37 am
by smurphos
Grateful4Linux wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:32 pm
Is there any chance that a project like that will get taken over and continue?

I appreciate the instructions above. That is helpful for 19.3, but it looks like next year, with Linux Mint 20, I will have to go back to the difficult to see menu.
It might still work in future Cinnamon versions with a simple tweak to it stated compatibility depending on what changes there are to the applet API and CJS in Cinnamon 4.6. But at some point there will be a breaking change that would need more development. I'm kind of doubtful that another person will pick it up, but you never know. I actually stopped using it with 19.2 because the stock menu got way faster and Cinnamenu seemed sluggish in comparison.

Font size in the stock menu should be much easier to set in Cinnamon 4.6 - thanks to JosephM :),with the stock themes at least.

Icon sizes in the stock menu are hard-coded but it's an reasonably trivial tweak to amend that code in a local copy and I may time and ability allowing make and upload a fork of the stock menu with configurable icon sizes. Another feature of Cinnamenu that I think would be nice to port to a stock menu fork it's it GUI for managing menu search-providers.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 5:45 pm
by linfidel
Sorry, I just found this topic, and I'm confused. I don't remember ever using Cinnamenu in the past. I have Mint 19.3 (upgraded from 19.2), and I opened the applets and see cinnamenu right on top. I added it, and it seems to work fine. For right now, I have it assigned to Super-R, and the regular menu assigned to Super-L so I can compare the two.

Cinnamenu looks like it might be better, so I hope it won't go away in the future.

Re: What happened to Cinnamenu?

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 6:20 pm
by fstjohn
linfidel wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Sorry, I just found this topic, and I'm confused. I don't remember ever using Cinnamenu in the past. I have Mint 19.3 (upgraded from 19.2), and I opened the applets and see cinnamenu right on top. I added it, and it seems to work fine. For right now, I have it assigned to Super-R, and the regular menu assigned to Super-L so I can compare the two.

Cinnamenu looks like it might be better, so I hope it won't go away in the future.
I noticed that, too. Somebody must be maintaining it. I think there were some improvements made, as well. It seems much faster now.