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    @ Klaus2008

    Greetings, Klaus; thanks for your comments.

    I've also noted that lxterminal -e (in either Run or Alt-F2)
    works for mc, alsamixer and less /var/log/syslog
    but does not work for vrms, ifconfig, dmesg


    @ Werner & Klaus

    I just ran across an interesting gui editor for the LXDE menu,
    or at least the apps part of the menu. Looks neat. Installs
    very painlessly. Find this at

    http://lxmed.sourceforge.net/

    Doing away with 'Run' isn't a capability of this editor, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    I've also noted that lxterminal -e (in either Run or Alt-F2)
    works for mc, alsamixer and less /var/log/syslog
    but does not work for vrms, ifconfig, dmesg
    You need to emulate "keep the window open" behaviour by doing something like this :-

    Code:
              lxterminal -l -e "dmesg | less"
              lxterminal -l -e "ifconfig ; read INP "
    It's quite painful to need to issue such commands. Maybe the GUI should be the one which encapsulate all this, with an option to run program in a terminal window and "keep the window open". Should probably be suggested to the author of lxpanelctl, perhaps.

    Cheers.

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    @ kl522

    Thanks for your comments.

    I suppose one could, with your help, tailor each command this way, but it's
    still much easier to just to call up a 'real' lxterminal and enter the cli command.

    My point here is the action of LXDE's Alt-F2/Run is just weird in the absolute,
    let alone compared to several other well-established alternative standards.


    @ To all concerned

    I've spent a few minutes only with lxmed, but I already see a caveat to my
    initial enthusiasm. lxmed does not seem to be an editor, but a composer.

    The initial configuration which one edits is one based on one of four basic
    linuxes: Debian, Red Hat, and (two others, but I forget which). This Debian
    configuration does not exactly match Knoppix 6.7.1, notably missing out on
    Knoppix's Universal Access submenu altogether.

    lxmed may serve the purpose, but I'd make a copy of all relevant files before
    applying any changes made by lxmed to a working Knoppix install.
    We'd all probably do that anyway, I know.
    Last edited by utu; 11-12-2011 at 01:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utu View Post
    @ kl522

    Thanks for your comments.

    I suppose one could, with your help, tailor each command this way, but it's
    still much easier to just to call up a 'real' lxterminal and enter the cli command.

    My point here is the action of LXDE's Alt-F2/Run is just weird in the absolute,
    let alone compared to several other well-established alternative standards.
    This is not something I put emphasis on and I have no experience using other desktops in this 'run' dialog. So I can't compare the "other well-establish alternative standards".

    But for the minimum, I noticed that you get the same thing in Windows XP. Try to enter 'ipconfig', 'route' etc into Windows Start->run. It will not work properly !

    On the other hand, I think it's a trivial source code change to add two checkboxes, one checkbox for 'run program in terminal emulator' and another checkbox for 'keep terminal emulator window open'. It's a matter of whether the author feels like wanting to add this into the 'run' dialog.

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