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I just installed CrashPlan for Linux. After installing, I deleted the installer folder and files, and the icon sitting on my desktop (after dragging it to the launcher). I rebooted, now the launcher icon is gone and I can't find any way to start the CrashPlan Desktop application.

How do I get the launcher back so I can start the program?

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Based on the answers above, I've made a video tutorial at the following URL in case you need further assistance. Video Tutorial - Installing CrashPlan on Ubuntu –  Sajan Parikh Dec 28 '12 at 23:39

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Download CrashPlan for Linux, saving the .tgz archive on your Desktop.

Double-click on the file to open it with Archive Manager, then extract it to the Desktop. You should have a folder now named 'CrashPlan-install' on your Desktop.

Open the Terminal and navigate to the folder containing the installer. Run the install script, using the default choices:

cd ~/Desktop/CrashPlan-install
sudo ./install.sh

After it finishes, you need to do three things.

  1. Edit the .desktop file (to make it compatible with the Unity Launcher).
  2. Copy it to .local/share/applications.
  3. Drag it from .local/share/applications onto the launcher.

Edit the .desktop file first:

gedit ~/Desktop/CrashPlan-install/scripts/CrashPlan.desktop  

Add the line 'StartupWMClass=CrashPlan' at the end, so it looks like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=CrashPlan
Categories=;
Comment=CrashPlan Desktop
Comment[en_CA]=CrashPlan Desktop
Exec=/usr/local/bin/CrashPlanDesktop
Icon=/usr/local/crashplan/skin/icon_app_128x128.png
Hidden=false
Terminal=false
Type=Application
GenericName[en_CA]=
StartupWMClass=CrashPlan  

Save, and exit the text editor. Now move the file:

cp ~/Desktop/CrashPlan-install/scripts/CrashPlan.desktop ~/.local/share/applications

The last part is the easiest. Open your /home folder in Nautilus, and press Ctrl+H to show hidden files.

Now just go to .local/share/applications, grab the icon with your mouse, and drag it to the Unity Launcher.

Credit to @451F 's answer here, which I based this on.

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should we use all the install.sh default paths? they don't seem to be the ubuntu standard paths –  endolith Nov 13 '12 at 3:25
    
@endolith not sure what you mean, is it the ./ part? If yes, this might explain it better. If not I probably can't help any more as I uninstalled and quit using CrashPlan, it was rubbish. –  Tom Brossman Nov 13 '12 at 22:18
    
I mean during setup it asks to put things in /usr/local/crashplan, /usr/local/bin, etc. –  endolith Nov 13 '12 at 22:52
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@endolith yes, use the defaults. If you have an encrypted /home the program is incompatible, it can't be used. –  Tom Brossman Nov 14 '12 at 0:28

from the terminal enter:

/usr/local/bin/CrashPlanDesktop

right-click on the launcher in the dock and click "Lock to Launcher"

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Dead simple, and works! :-) –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Aug 8 '13 at 22:05
    
Yes, but you'll end up with duplicated icons in the launcher. askubuntu.com/questions/36434/… –  Andreas J. Dec 1 '13 at 3:55

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