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Thread: Help me understand Alt-F2 or the LXDE Run Command

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    Help me understand Alt-F2 or the LXDE Run Command

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    I would expect to be able to put an executable command like
    mc, ifconfig, vrms, or even less /var/log/syslog into the
    little applet that appears either with Alt-F2 or the LXDE
    menu choice 'Run'. But neither of these work for me.

    Can anyone help me with this?

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    The starter from LXDE can only run GUI tools, not CLI tools because it doesn't offer the ability to run an application in a terminal. It's another thing with the starters from Gnome, KDE or XFCE4.

    Greetings Werner

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    Hi, Werner

    I don't see how Alt-F2 or the 'Run' choice are even useful in LXDE.

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    With 'Run' from LXDE you can only start GUI-tools (which are in the users path)!

    With 'Run' from Gnome you can start GUI-tools and CLI-tools.

    Greetings Werner * http://www.wp-schulz.de/knoppix/summary.html
    Own Rescue-CD (Knoppix V6.7.1 remaster)

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    I understand that, but the GUI tools are already menu choices.
    Moreover, the LXDE MENUs allow cli entries as well as gui entries.

    And, confusingly, the Run/Alt-F2 gui OFFERS a lot of cli choices that don't work,
    and even one, alsamixer, that causes a cpu problem;
    at least it does on my dual-cpu laptop.

    The forum has identified (and corrected) several small flaws in 6.7.1 this year.
    I think Run/Alt-F2 may be another area worth a critique.
    Last edited by utu; 11-11-2011 at 06:27 PM.

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    It is not a flaw from Knoppix!

    LXDE
    Code:
    lxpanelctl run
    don't offer this feature to start CLI tools in a terminal. Please ask in the LXDE forum why not.

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    Hi again, Werner

    I greatly respect and appreciate your comments.

    I'm not suggesting that irregularities in Run/Alt-F2 are KK's fault,
    except, possibly, in the choice of LXDE as the desktop.

    I was hoping when I started this thread to discover a better way of
    handling several LXDE Run/Alt-F2 idiosyncracies which I've identified.
    Just tolerating these imperfections is not what I had in mind.

    I get the feeling that change comes very slowly in LXDE, at least in this
    Debian adaptation. I would wonder if Knoppix might do as well or better
    with XFCE, which seems to me to be a more actively developed product.

    Staying with LXDE, I am inclined to edit my LXDE menu to delete the
    Run alternative, and to add a new separate submenu of my own
    populated with a dozen or so of my favorite cli choices.
    Being lazy as I am, I was hoping there might be an easier way.

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    Hi, utu!

    If you must run a program in a terminal like mc you can press Alt-F2 and issue
    Code:
    lxterminal -e mc
    Greetings

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    Why this detour over "Alt F2"? I start a terminal immediatly with the panel-button.

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    The terminal closes automatically when the program ends.

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