My query is this - I installed Earth3D by manually placing it in opt, placed a "link to executable" in /usr/bin
I prefer hand installed application placed in /usr/local/bin. This way, no need for a symlink elsewhere, as /usr/local is in the $PATH of the executables.
then raised a "desktop configuration file" in /usr/share/applications. However for love nor money I can't get a link in the main menu. It works through terminal, and also if I put the link into menu.xml. I have tried all sorts of category ideas, but no success. For eg, Screenie just says "Graphics", and there it is. Didn't work with mine. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
I think I can help you, if you give me a few more informations. First, I would like to know which one of theses archives you have used, so that I can also try this program ! ^^http://www.earth3d.org/downloads.html
It might be interesting to discover, and ask for a package ? And I will see by myself what it the method that works best and faster to create the desktop file that works in the right-click menu.
Then, I would like you to copy here entirely the desktop file you have created, and also provide the name you have used for it. With this, I will install, do the tests and bring you back what will find.
I'll be looking forward to your informations.
PS: bye the way, if you go to package suggest and ask for a package we might have it packaged for all.
PS2: and if a packager needs a patch for gcc, there is one here that could be useful: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=22501
PS3 : I found a desktop file in the sources:
$ cat earth3d.desktop
Comment=A 3D model of the planet