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Im trying to make a shortcut to login my ssh server:

ssh x.x.x.x

I made the following file:


Made it executable:

sudo chmod +x ./ssh_home

Checked by right clicking properties to check if it was executable and it was..

But whatever I do, when double clicking it, it will launch gedit. I tried "Open With" but no terminal app is shown there. I searched the net but only found a way to link to the file while not integrating it in one "shortcut file"

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Did you add #! /usr/bin/sh at the beginning of the file (the first line)? –  Misery May 23 '13 at 11:50
Out of interest, what version of Ubuntu are you running? In principle it should be just a case of marking the file as executable in Properties/Permissions, but on 13.04 this seems not to work for me (even directly on the .sh file, with #! /bin/bash at the start...) –  Jez W May 23 '13 at 11:59
Also check owner and permissions. Does user clicking it have permission to run it? –  Misery May 23 '13 at 12:04
Your commands can't be correct - You're referring to ssh_home.sh and /ssh_home, which are not the same files. –  l0b0 May 23 '13 at 12:04
I've just added what you suggested file contains now: #! /bin/bash shh x.x.x.x But still no succes.. I'm using ubuntu 13.04 64bit I'll try to make the shh_home.desktop but I rather just keep one file because I don't want to have to link to such a small file with so little code.. –  michel May 23 '13 at 14:07

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up vote -6 down vote accepted

open a terminal

sh '/home/yourname/Desktop/yourfile'   

or drag and drop it...

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The question is to get a launcher set up on teh desktop... I dont think the terminal command would help on that front. –  charlie May 23 '13 at 12:21
how on earth an answer with -6 downvotes is accepted as THE answer ? –  Serg Feb 18 at 17:47

I know this is a while ago but though if someone else asks I have this answer.
Open nautilus
Files menu -> behaviour tab
run executable text files when they are opened

In later versions this option is found at: Files menu -> Edit -> Preferences -> behaviour tab

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Works perfectly, thank you. –  denysonique Oct 2 '13 at 2:57
This should be the accepted answer IMHO. I was getting rather frustrated trying to figure out why I could not run the shell script from Nautilus. –  David Baucum Aug 16 '14 at 0:12

I think it would be better to use a launcher file for your script by creating a ~/Desktop/ssh_home.desktop file with the following contents:

[Desktop Entry]  
Name=SSH Server  
GenericName=SSH Server  
Comment=Connect to My Server  

That way you will have an icon to click which will launch your script.

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This method IS working but I prefer a 1 file solution... –  michel May 23 '13 at 14:16
@michel If all the script does is run ssh host, you don't need the script, just change the Exec line to Exec=ssh host. –  geirha May 23 '13 at 18:33

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