How are programs executed in Ubuntu?

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at comcast.net
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 comcast.net> 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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