[Bug 263375] Re: [intrepid/KDE] No way to create an arbitrary desktop icon

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On 2008-08-31T17:32:37+00:00 Gilbertd+kde wrote:

Version:            (using KDE 4.1.0)
Compiler:          N/A 
OS:                Linux
Installed from:    Ubuntu Packages

There seems to be no way to add an icon to the desktop to run an arbitrary command line app; If I have an entry on the menu I can drag it to the Desktop background and all is good - but if I've installed an app that doesn't have a menu entry (e.g. an old X app built from source) and just want an icon on the background to run it there doesn't appear to be an interface to create a launcher for it.
Every other desktop I'm aware of has had a way to do this - and I'm sure older KDEs did.

(It confused me more since there is a Widget 'application launcher'
which is what I expected to do this - but it's the whole menu).


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On 2008-10-03T00:45:09+00:00 Christian Schürer-Waldheim wrote:

This works, just drag&drop a .desktop file on the desktop, an icon will
be created then.

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On 2009-03-01T16:23:28+00:00 Gilbertd+kde wrote:

But if you don't have a .desktop file it doesn't provide a way to create
one other than having to create one by hand - e.g. if I want to execute
a given command with a set of parameters.

(I'm asking for an equivalent here of GNOME's 'create launcher' or


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On 2009-08-19T23:37:36+00:00 Dhaumann wrote:

This is a valid wish that occured in our university installation today
as well. Manually creating a .desktop-file is a workaround for that, but
it's not obvious nor straight forward to do for users. That's why I
change the state to NEW.

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On 2018-06-08T20:27:26+00:00 Nate-b wrote:


This feature request was filed for KDE Plasma 4, which reached end-of-
support status in August 2015. KDE Plasma 5's desktop shell has been
almost completely rewritten for better performance and usability, so it
is likely that this feature request is already implemented in Plasma 5,
or is no longer applicable.

Accordingly, we hope you understand why we must close this feature
request. If the requested feature is still desired but not implemented
in KDE Plasma 5.12 or later, please feel free to open a new ticket in
the "plasmashell" product after reading

If you would like to get involved in KDE's bug triaging effort so that
future mass bug closes like this are less likely, please read

Thanks for your understanding!

Nate Graham

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