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Re: Asking for a tutorial to solve two different cases

From: John Calcote
Subject: Re: Asking for a tutorial to solve two different cases
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 22:36:57 -0600
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Hi Glus,

On 10/15/2009 9:41 AM, Glus wrote:
I'm developping an application. The question is that once installed I'd like
to find it hanged to my Gnome general applications menu. For this, I'm
searching the info about how should I configure the autotools files project.

I'd like to take the opportunity to ask you also the same but in the case of
a server. How should I do to update /etc/services, /etc/rc.Xd/, to transfer
permissions...   ???

Neither of these situations is handled directly by either Autoconf or Automake. These are really very much OS- and desktop-specific issues. You'll have to research various other forums to find out more about them.

I suggest looking at the Gnome desktop forums at to ask about what sorts of files need to be installed and where in order to add menu items and links.

While it's true that installing daemons and server software is more a general Unix topic, the way these types of services are installed and manipulated is very different from one Unix to another. Linux has only recently standardized some aspects of this activity. For installing Linux services, you might check with, or forums associated with your particular flavor of Linux (Ubuntu, Suse, Redhat, Gentoo, Slackware, Debian, etc. All of these have developer forums of their own).

Once you have the specific information on what files to install where, then you can write hand-coded rules in Automake files to put these files in the right locations. Be aware, however, that the more of this activity you do in your Automake makefiles, the less portable they'll likely be.


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