install-menu(1) Process a menu method and generate the menu files for a window


update-menus(1) computes the list of menu entries and passes it in turn to the menu methods in /etc/menu-methods/. The task of a menu methods is to generate menus for a specific window manager. install-menu provides a generic and customizable way to do that. The documentation of the install-menu definition language is available in the Debian Menu manual, a local copy being available in /usr/share/doc/menu/html.


install-menu [-vh] [--remove] <menu-method>

Read menu entries from stdin in update-menus --stdout format and generate menu files using the specified menu-method.

Normally used in menu method scripts as #! /usr/bin/install-menu.


Show the help message and exit.
Remove the menu files instead of generating them.
Output messages about what the program is doing.


install-menu is distributed under the term of the GNU General Public License version 2, or (at your option) any later version.


Written by Joost Witteveen <[email protected]>. Now maintained by Bill Allombert <[email protected]>.