How are programs executed in Ubuntu?

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Fri Jan 29 22:16:49 UTC 2016

On 01/29/2016 03:45 PM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 29 January 2016 at 21:00, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>> ...
>> 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 display it.
>> Once I fixed that the desktop utilities put it in the proper location and I
>> was able to put it on the launcher.
> Just checking that you realise that the proper place is
> .local/share/applications.  Installed applications put their launchers
> in /usr/share/applications but generally you should put diy ones in
> .local/share/applications.
> Colin

I'll keep that in mind.  There was some desktop file utilities mentioned 
in the link you provided. One of them was an install utility and it put 
my diy one in /usr/share/applications.

Regards,  Jim

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