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Galternatives – GUI for Alternatives Configuration February 12, 2006

Posted by Carthik in applications, Readers' Tips, ubuntu.

Galternatives About

Galternatives is a tool to enable users to use the GUI to update the /etc/alternatives files, which decide the default commands/apps for various tasks. John Pywtorak sent in this tip via email (thanks John).

The /etc/alternatives defines default applications for the traditional Unix/Linux system – such as, the default application to handle irc, to browse the web etc.

You can install galternatives using:
$sudo apt-get install galternatives

After it is installed, you can run it using:
$gksudo galternatives

The next screenshot shows you me updating the x-www-browser to Epiphany (did I tell you it is “simply” wonderful?).
Galternatives - example


1. towsonu2003 - February 13, 2006

this blog is definitely getting more and more “there”. nice tip!
/me apt-get now. for dial up users, the package is 25kb (nice).

2. Jyotirmoy - February 13, 2006

For browser, mail and terminal you can also use the GNOME menu
System->Preferences->Preferred Applications
though I have not checked whether the choices made there change /etc/alternatives

3. The Power of Mind » Galternatives - February 13, 2006

[...] Traducción libre de Ubuntu Blog: [...]

4. Sionide - February 13, 2006

Useful stuff, thanks. I like stuff like this – makes Ubuntu all the more user-friendly. These kinda tiny apps should be installed by default. Maybe this will be in Dapper??

5. Ubuntu Blog » Restoring the Ubuntu usplash after a Kubuntu Install - February 20, 2006

[...] For those who don’t want to muck around with the terminal, may I suggest a quick read of the galternatives article I authored previously? [...]

6. Jim’s Interesting Articles » Galternatives - GUI for Alternatives Configuration - February 24, 2006

[...] [Via Ubuntu Blog] [...]

7. Alex Stan - January 3, 2007

It says package not found…

8. seyi - July 23, 2007

i’ve just installed kubuntu, but all i see is command line interface. please, can you assist me on configuring a gui . thank you

9. John Smith - March 18, 2008

Same old PUI

10. 3 Apps (5) | Hadret's.Blog - May 5, 2008

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11. Techno Babble LOCAL - May 19, 2010

Indicando uma versão específica de Java no Ubuntu…

# Forca Java 1.5 sudo update-alternatives –set java /opt/jdk1.5.0_22/bin/java sudo update-alternatives –set javac /opt/jdk1.5.0_22/bin/javac # Problema de visualizacao dessa versao do Jav export AWT_TOOLKIT=MToolkit /oracle/jdev-…

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