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When you add no-install applications to Ubuntu, they don't come up in the Unity search. For example, I downloaded Eclipse and unzipped it in a folder: ~/SelfInstall/eclipse.

How do I get eclipse which is located in ~/SelfInstall/eclipse/ to show up in the search results?


Ah, if I add a 'desktop configuration file' to .local/share/applications and point it to the launch script, then it works, but I don't know how to create a file of type 'desktop configuration file'. I had to copy one and edit it's properties. Any idea on how to create these files from scratch?

Update 2:

Ok, so this is how the file had to look:

cat .local/share/applications/opt_eclipse.desktop 

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Eclipse IDE
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Duplicate?… – fossfreedom Sep 14 '12 at 14:14
Found a nice related tutorial:… – Jack Nov 2 '12 at 6:31
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You would need to create, or copy an existing .desktop file, for the application, into your $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications directory.

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Thanks, and now I know how to create a desktop configuration file.... just add .desktop. Blonde moment there – Jack Sep 14 '12 at 14:21

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