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I want to place a link/shortcut/launcher in my unity panel (ubuntu 12.10).

I followed this tutorial on handytutorial.com to create a custom launcher and drag it to the panel.

I just need to know which command do I have to input. Is this possible?

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What are you trying to launch? –  catalesia Mar 8 '13 at 20:51
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gnome-open does not work for me on 12.04 but nautilus /path to open does work.

example: nautilus /home/john/Downloads.

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Weird... I'm on 12.04 right now. gnome-open works for me. Are you using Lubuntu? Or Xubuntu? –  Eric Carvalho Mar 8 '13 at 20:14
    
Tried it on my box (12.04 LTS running Unity 3D). gnome-open doesn't seem to be installed (but you can install it easily). I still prefer doing nautilus <path> though, since it requires 0 additional effort. –  oaskamay Mar 8 '13 at 20:35
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Try xdg-open instead –  elias Mar 8 '13 at 21:00
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@oaskamay I found out why I have gnome-open. I installed gnu-cash, which installed libgnome2-bin (gnome-open is in it) as one of its dependencies. –  Eric Carvalho Mar 8 '13 at 21:17
    
The answer from @EricCarvalho works perfectly, thank you very much, and all others as well! –  Tiago Mar 9 '13 at 0:02
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A shortcut to open a folder? If this what you want, the command is:

gnome-open </path/to/folder>

For example: gnome-open /home/Tiago/Downloads.

If it isn't installed run sudo apt-get install libgnome2-bin.

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Use the command nautilus <path>.

So for example: nautilus /home/oaskamay will open up my home (~) folder.

In addition, if you need to open-up the GUI with root permissions, run gksu nautilus <path>. It works with every GUI front-ends too (e.g. gksu gedit /etc/default/grub).

It's important to note that you should never start GUI apps like so sudo gedit /etc/default/grub.

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Nice suggestion, thanks! –  Tiago Mar 9 '13 at 0:03
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If the question is how to open a file/folder, the answer is always xdg-open.

From man xdg-open:

xdg-open opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application. If a URL is provided the URL will be opened in the user's preferred web browser. If a file is provided the file will be opened in the preferred application for files of that type. xdg-open supports file, ftp, http and https URLs.

In this specific case the commmand

xdg-open folder

opens folder in your default file manager, be it Nautilus, Dolphin, Thunar or anything else.

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