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I have a web server .jar file (it's a jetty application) that I've created a .desktop file for. Clicking on the .desktop file opens a terminal, begins running the application, and then closes the terminal (and the application with it).

Two questions: first, how can I make this terminal persist? And secondly, the application needs to be launched from a particular directory, is there a way to specify that?

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You can change the Exec line of your .desktop file as

Exec=xterm -hold -e "cd <your desired directory>&&<command for your application startup here>".

This will spawn a xterm terminal emulator and hold it even after your application terminates until you explicitly close the xterm window.

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