symlink via command line
greenwaldjared at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 05:02:05 UTC 2013
On Dec 1, 2013 11:52 PM, "Karl Auer" <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
> On Sun, 2013-12-01 at 21:42 -0600, Wade Smart wrote:
> > On Sun, Dec 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM, Jared Greenwald
> > Im working with a guy who has a raspberry pi
> > for a project and he wants to shortcut to a
> > app. Didnt realize couldnt do that.
> Sure you can! Almost nothing is impossible. The right answer does depend
> a lot on what you mean by "shortcut".
> If you want an app to run on a click, you put an icon on the desktop and
> run the app through that. "man gnome-desktop-item-edit"
> If you want the app in a menu, use the menu editor and add the app into
> the menu structure. Run "alacarte".
> If you want the app to have another name, add a symlink as your
> surmised, but you can't put arguments (parameters) in the symlink. To
> have "fred" run "mary" do "sudo ln -s /usr/bin/fred /usr/bin/mary". Be
> warned that some program behave differently when named differently!
> If you want the app to have another name and have particular parameters,
> create a script that runs the program with the desired parameters, then
> just run the script. and of course you can run the script via an icon on
> the desktop too :-)
> sudo bash
> cat > /usr/bin/mary
> # Run "fred -p -q -z --footle"
> /usr/bin/fred -p -q -z --footle
> chmod u+x /usr/bin/mary
> If you want a pure command line solution, use "alias" to give your
> command a new name, but this will only work in the one user's shell.
> Other users will have to set up the same alias themselves - though there
> are usually global .profile-style files so you can give all users the
> same settings, environment, aliases and so on. "man bash" and look for
> "ALIASES" and "FUNCTIONS". You'll need functions for anything
> complicated, though simple stuff works:
> alias fred="ls -la"
> Some shells don't support aliases.
> So - what EXACTLY do you want to achieve? Describe the desired situation
> so people can help. If you leap to the conclusion that "what I need is a
> shortcut" it just confuses people.
> Regards, K.
> Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)
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