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I am using ubuntu 11.10 with cairo dock in an acer aspire with core i3 2nd gen processor with intel graphics.

I downloaded a program gingkocad as a tar file, opened the package with archive manager and created a folder for the package contents.

To run the program I need to click the executable to run in terminal.

Is there a way to create a shortcut to run the executable from an icon in cairo dock ?

Please help.

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Just drag the executable onto Cairo Dock. But don't drag it onto an already placed icon. Put it in between two icons. That's it.

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thanks ashu. does not seem to work as suggested. – ragv Apr 22 '12 at 8:45

The shortcut-icon in cairo-dock are called launchers. Cairo-dock supports drag and drop.

  1. Try dragging and dropping the application executable into any space between icons already on dock. This works for a good number of applications.
  2. If that fails, try this:
    • right-click on the dock, then select add>custom-launcher.
    • A new window will appear. Fill the field Launcher name with the name of your application, and 'command to run on click' with the full path to executable file.
    • Then click apply at the bottom right corner, and you should be done.

This method, however, does not provide some features such as having quicklists. To achieve quicklists:

For advanced users

  • Open a editor of your choice. ( Novice users can search for 'text editor' in dash and use gedit. - gedit is the text editor that appears in Dash)
  • Make a .desktop file with the required quick-lists.
    This can be used as a reference.
    And here's a nice link explaning all the options possible in a .desktop file.
    (Note: X-* options are excluded here, as they are considered non-standard)
  • Save the file as <your application name>.desktop
  • Drag and drop this to cairo-dock. (on space between icons)

This will always work, provided the .desktop file is made correctly.

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If anyone finds a detailed how-to on making .desktop files with custom quicklists, kindly add a reference here. – Mahesh Apr 15 '12 at 11:44
thanks mahesh for a nice how-to for cairo dock. appreciate the help. – ragv Apr 22 '12 at 8:44
@ragv if this solved your problem, you can mark the answer as accepted. Instructions here – Mahesh Apr 22 '12 at 13:41

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