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EXMENEN(1) General Commands Manual EXMENEN(1)


exmenen, exmendis - enable or disable extra menus for GNOME, KDE and other XDG menu-spec compliant desktops


exmenen (--system | --local) [ module ]

exmendis (--system | --local) [ module ]


This manual page documents briefly the exmenen and exmendis commands.

exmenen is a script that enables the specified extra applications menu on either a system, or per-user basis. It does this by creating symlinks within /etc/xdg/menus/applications-merged/ (system wide), or ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/menus/applications-merged/ (per-user). If the XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment variable is unset, its default is taken to be ${HOME}/.config .

Likewise, exmendis disables an extra applications menu by removing those symlinks. It is not an error to enable a menu which is already enabled, or to disable one which is already disabled.


exmendis --system electronics
exmenen --system electronics

Disables the system wide extra electronics menu, enables it for the current user.


Directory with .menu files defining the available extra modules.
Directory with links to the files in extra-xdg-menus for system-wide enabled extra menus.
Directory with links to the files in extra-xdg-menus for per-user enabled extra menus. If XDG_CONFIG_HOME is unset, the directory used will be ${HOME}/.config/menus/applications-merged


This manual page was written by Peter Clifton <> for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, as it is a Debian-specific script with the package.

exmenen, exmendis and this manpage were derived from scripts and documentation written by Daniel Stone for the apache2 Debian package.

13 January 2008