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I've created a menu item using xdg-desktop-menu install mycompany-myapp.desktop. Unfortunately, the menu item does not occur immediately on Ubuntu 11.10, but I need to log out and in again. Is there a possibility to force a menu refresh, so it occurs immediately?

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xdg-desktop-menu has an forceupdate option according to the man page.

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    "This command is only useful if the last call to xdg-desktop-menu included the --noupdate option." – Mike L. Dec 30 '11 at 8:48
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Don't know what caused the changes, but now when I invoke xdg-desktop-menu install mycompany-myapp.desktop or xdg-desktop-menu uninstall mycompany-myapp.desktop the menu is automatically refreshed.

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Possibly same reason mine suddenly started working

I realised my .desktop file wasn't visible to group or all. I did a chmod 644 on it and it now refreshs instantly.

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