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When I try to add anything to the menu in 12.04, I get this error.

$ alacarte
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/alacarte/Alacarte/MainWindow.py", line 317, in on_new_item_button_clicked
    process = subprocess.Popen(['gnome-desktop-item-edit', file_path], env=os.environ)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 679, in __init__
    errread, errwrite)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/subprocess.py", line 1249, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

It's a bug in Alacarte.

You need to install the package gnome-panel as Alacarte wants to use a program (gnome-desktop-item-edit) that is in that package.

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Thank you, that's it working now! –  RichardoC Jul 6 '12 at 15:35
Has this bug been reported yet? If so, can I have a link? –  hexafraction Jul 6 '12 at 18:11


I have created a patch which is independent of gnome-panel installation. Thanks :)

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