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I prepared a custom .desktop file for my chromium browser that loads a different user profile. When ever i click the icon now it open the browser, but also uses a new icon on the launcher bar (not locked to the launcher). Is there any way to tell the program to keep connected to the first icon?

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Second Browser
Exec=chromium-browser --user-data-dir="/home/patrick/bin/chrome-profiles/second"
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NO, not easily.

This will often occur after an update, where Ubuntu / Unity no longer thinks this is the exact same application. I also often get this with LibreOffice.

Suggested workarounds:

(1.) Lock the icon that opens to the Unity bar, and remove (detach) the other.


(2.) Recreate your custom launcher, based on the default launcher. See my posting: How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

I found an easy way to accomplish exactly what I am trying to do:


will group all windows of the same domain and/or path. You can find out the WM_CLASS by executing the following command on the shell and clicking the window you want to find the class out for:

xprop WM_CLASS

This way you can have more than one Chromium-browser entry on your launchbar and the entries stay grouped together.

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what was the line in your case? – green Sep 10 '12 at 12:55 – Patrick Sep 12 '12 at 8:56

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