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I can drag any .desktop file to the launcher, which is great, but where to put a .desktop file for it to appear in Unity's dash and dash searches? Apparently not in /usr/share/applications.

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Is there an online reference documenting this process? – Raymond Nov 26 '12 at 17:40
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The apps place has a ~5s gracetime before it indexes new apps. They are indeed picked up from /usr/share/applications (among other places). I just tested here and it seems to work fine.

Right now you have to do a search or something else to change the result set though - it's only the underlying index which is updated right now. For this Thurday's release I'll land a fix so that we also update any active result sets when we detect changes.

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Ok, it didn't appeared until I add a "Categories" field to the .desktop , thanks Mikkel! – davidc3 Mar 7 '11 at 22:47

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