Why can't I Edit desktop file from Nautilus?

Lucio M Nicolosi lmnicolosi at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 22:32:02 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Colin Law <clanlaw at googlemail.com> wrote:
> In ~/.local/share/applications are .desktop files.  If I view that
> folder in Nautilus and right click one of the files then I get an Open
> option but no Open With options so that I can open it in gedit (or
> whatever) for editing.  Is there a good reason for this?  This is the
> sort of behaviour one expects from an OS where the system assumes that
> it knows best, mentioning no names.
> I know I can edit it from the terminal, that is not the point of the question.
> Ubuntu 11.04.
> Colin

If I right click a .desktop file (10.10) I also get the "Scripts"
option from where I can call gedit-root, for instance. Isn't this
option available in 11.04?


Lucio M. Nicolosi, Eng.
Open Source Implementation
System and Applications

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