[ubuntu-uk] Annoying stuff about Ubuntu Unity

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue May 1 20:50:21 UTC 2012

On 01/05/12 15:29, Alan Lord (News) wrote:
> On 01/05/12 14:38, Tyler J. Wagner wrote:
>>  However, you can create a launcher in ~.local/share/applications, give it
>>  an icon, and execute the launcher in nautilus. Then once it is running,
>>  right-click on the launcher icon and "Lock to Launcher". After that Unity
>>  seems to index ~/.local/share/applications (or at least that one application).
> Thanks Tyler,
> I had already created some desktop files, one for Talend&  one for
> eclipse (the deb packaged eclipse won't allow certain updates so I just
> run a clean one from my ~/bin) but hadn't realised that starting it from
> nautilus was the trick.
> I appreciate it. I now have a launcher icon for Talend which seems to
> start it ok.
> However, I then minimised my app and the little arrow disappeared from
> my Talend launcher icon and clicking on it it tries to start a new
> instance of the app.
> This *really* shouldn't be so hard!

I created a launch icon on the desktop yesterday and there were a 
bunch of ways to do this I discovered, some very esoteric. I chose an 
easy way (for me).

my forums question and thread:
which I had used the nice suggestions  in:
(As you might see i had a supplementary need to run my script inside a 
terminal, wwhich I did find how to do)

In the Desktop create an "Untitled Document", Just right click in the 
Desktop and select Create New Document.
Edit the file with Gedit and add the following lines:
[Desktop Entry]
Save the file and THEN rename it to whatever you want *but* at the end 
of the name add      .desktop, For example if wanted to make a 
shortcut for a wine program like photoshop I would put as a name 
Now you should be able to right click the file and edit the file 
Launcher Properties, in my case I added the command to run  my script 
in a terminal (etc etc)

At this stage it is possible now to drag the icon, now a launcher 
icon, into the main Launcher at the left hand side, if wished. Mine 
goes in as Un-named, needs more work but I do not want mine in the 
launcher just yet anyway

alan cocks

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