How are programs executed in Ubuntu?
jf_byrnes at comcast.net
Fri Jan 29 21:00:04 UTC 2016
On 01/29/2016 03:16 AM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 29 January 2016 at 01:39, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Running Ubuntu 14.04.
>> I recently started to learn the programing language livecode. I have
>> completed a couple of tutorials and got them to run in the ide. Then I
>> compiled them as standalone apps. Now I would like to launch the standalone
>> My preferred method of starting programs is put them on the launcher or put
>> them in a program called "Drawers" that sits on the launcher and contains
>> programs to launch. The livecode programs will not start from either.
> You need to make a .desktop file and put it in
> .local/share/applications, then it will appear in the dash and/or you
> can put it on the launcher. See
After much stumbling around I finally got this to work. The first thing
I did wrong was to create a file called myprog.desktop based on the link
you gave above and drop it in /local/share/applications. That did not work.
Then I tried using the utilities mentioned in the link above, but they
could not find the file even I was looking at it in Nemo. Finally I
used ls in a terminal and it showed up as myprog.desktop.desktop.
Apparently that location adds .desktop by default but Nemo did not
Once I fixed that the desktop utilities put it in the proper location
and I was able to put it on the launcher.
At this point I could still not get it to work in the Drawers launcher.
Then I noticed a Drawers.desktop file. Looking at it I saw an entry for
each of the items I had put in the Drawers launcher. Using them as a
template and a bit of guessing I was able to manually add myprog and it
now works from Drawers.
Thanks again, Jim
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