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So I tried making a desktop shortcut which executes a very simple shell script. But when i double click/right click->execute it, it does nothing. (or at least I think it does nothing)

heres how my shortcut and shell script looks: Note the shortcut has "Terminal" set to 1, and i hope that means that it opens the shell script in a new terminal window.. (i have a couple terminals already open, which arent ready for usage (have scripts running))


[Desktop Entry]

Shell Script:

# (I tried both, /bin/bash and /bin/sh)
echo "hi"
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Both the desktop entry and the shell script should have executable permissions. Do:

$ chmod +x path_to_shortcut/shortcut.desktop
$ chmod +x path_to_script/test.sh  

Another way to change permissions for a script is to right click it, go to Properties > Premissions and check Allow executing file as program.


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it does not fully work but it does execute now. But is that even the right way? I used the right click, create launcher button.. shouldnt that automatically give my launcher execution permission.. hows that user friendly.. thats also the reason why i didnt give it +x myself, i only gave +x to test.sh –  DeadSix17 Feb 19 '13 at 2:03
You have to give executable permissions explicitly, see edit to my answer. –  IgnitE Feb 19 '13 at 2:09
i told you i did that from the begin (just not on the shortcut).. the problem is that the script doesnt open in a new Terminal, also adding this command opens a terminal though: "/usr/bin/xfce4-terminal" so i thought hm.. probably terminal allows argument 1 to be a shell script .. and i tried that.. but doesnt work. So to make it more easy to understand what i need, i want a Shortcut that opens a NEW! Terminal and runs a specific Shell Script in it. (I did add execution permissions to both, the shortcut and the Script) Also tried running terminal itself and gave it a shell script path as arg –  DeadSix17 Feb 19 '13 at 2:24
As you have set Terminal=True, your script should have opened in a terminal itself or you want two terminals? –  IgnitE Feb 19 '13 at 2:35
No, i want a single terminal to open even if there are already X ammount of terminals open. –  DeadSix17 Feb 19 '13 at 2:35
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