How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

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How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:03 pm

So it's not an app installed in the system, it's one of those apps that don't need actual installation. You just expand the file and start using it. Previously I could at least make a link on my desktop. Ideally it would be nice to have it in my list of favorites in my main menu.

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by Moem » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:15 pm

We'll need to know at least your version of Mint and the desktop environment to help you with this.
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If your issue is solved, kindly indicate that by editing the first post in the topic, and adding [SOLVED] to the title. Thanks!

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:24 pm

Hi there...as MOEM said, we need more information...could you please copy and past the code supplied below to the "terminal" and copy and paste the results back here...this will NOT compromise your system security in any way, but will supply the information needed by forum volunteers to be able to help you with the problem you have posted here in the Linux Mint Forums...thank-you...DAMIEN

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inxi -Fxz
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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by phd21 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:44 pm

HI drpeppercan,

+1 for the need for more information on what Linux Mint edition and version you are using and the application 's name.
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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by stormryder » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:18 am

drpeppercan wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:03 pm
Previously I could at least make a link on my desktop.
Is this not possible anymore?
With the Mate desktop you can open the "Main Menu" app (its in the menu) and create a launcher from there.

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:56 am

Sorry I took so long guys! :(

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System:    Host: javier-linuxmint Kernel: 4.15.0-34-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 v: Rev X.0x
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 2301 date: 08/09/2012
CPU:       Quad core AMD Phenom II X4 955 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB
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           ID-3: /dev/sdc model: ST31000528AS size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 37G used: 17G (47%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
           ID-2: /home size: 135G used: 116G (91%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 7.51GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda7
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 38.0C mobo: 36.0C gpu: 0.0:30C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 3292 psu: 0 sys-1: 0
Info:      Processes: 283 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 6108.5/7976.7MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 

stormryder,
I am using Tara with Cinnamon, not Mate. Maybe this is why.

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by phd21 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:57 am

Hi drpeppercan,

Is this software a game? A quick search shows it is available in the "Steam for Linux" system along with many other games.

You are using Linux Mint 18.3 Mate edition according to your "inxi -Fxzd" results. I do not see anything wrong with the results of the "inxi -Fxzd" console terminal command, so that is a good thing.

If you have a download link to this archive file, then please provide it.

There are a few installation options for software provided as Linux archive (compressed) files and that depends upon the developers.

If the software is in a "self-contained" ready to run archive file, you just right-click the downloaded file, select extract here which usually creates a new folder, get into that new folder, look for a "readme" and or "installation" file for instructions, then you right-click the startup file usually a program executable or script file (something.sh) to check for permission to run the file (right-click the file, select properties, permission tab, check allow execute, apply/ok), then double-click the file to run it. You can also create a desktop shortcut or a menu item to the application's startup file; they might even have a (something.desktop) file available to use. Once there is a menu item, you can right-click it in your menu and select add to favorites, add to desktop, add to panel, etc...


Hope this helps ...
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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:24 pm

Oh, silly me!
I just realized this issue is with Tara/Cinnamon in my newer pc! When I sent my previous reply I was in Sylvia/Mate in my older pc :( I am so sorry.
So all those specs did not help.
I'll gather the correct specs asap.

DPC

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:38 am

Ok, now I got the right one:

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inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: drpeppercan-Predator-G3-710 Kernel: 4.15.0-34-generic x86_64
           bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1)
           Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara
Machine:   Device: desktop Mobo: Acer model: Predator G3-710 serial: N/A
           UEFI: American Megatrends v: R01-A2 date: 03/17/2016
CPU:       Quad core Intel Core i5-6400 (-MCP-) 
           arch: Skylake-S rev.3 cache: 6144 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 21696
           clock speeds: max: 3300 MHz 1: 1223 MHz 2: 1960 MHz 3: 1921 MHz
           4: 1779 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA GM206 [GeForce GTX 950] bus-ID: 01:00.0
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 950/PCIe/SSE2
           version: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 390.48 Direct Render: Yes
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           Card-2 Intel Sunrise Point-H HD Audio
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           IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
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           ID-4: USB /dev/sdd model: N/A size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 110G used: 35G (34%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: 29.8C gpu: 0.0:34C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 259 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 2015.5/15977.4MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56 

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by stormryder » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:04 am

drpeppercan wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:56 am
I am using Tara with Cinnamon, not Mate. Maybe this is why.
I have no experience with cinnamon but I believe its still possible to create a custom launcher, if you get one on the desktop you can just drag and drop it in the menu.
I think cinnamon has a "Menu Editor" or something like that to select favorites.

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by trytip » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:16 am

do you have a link to this file?
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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:41 pm

I was not able to drag it to the menu.
When using its search using the words menu, and editor (separately), the only thing showing is a Text editor.
There's no choice to make a link from the contextual menu.

I found how to make a link though! It's not in the contextual menu, but in the Edit menu. This is better than nothing.
It would still be nice to include it in the main menu though.

I guess I'll look into this: Tweaking Cinnamon’s menu in Linux Mint

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Re: How to make a favorite from an app from a tar.bz2 file?

Post by drpeppercan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:57 pm

Wow, this is easy and efficient!
All you have to do is call the Menu Editor with this terminal command: cinnamon-menu-editor
The rest is easy!

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