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I know where the general launchers are, the ones in /usr/share/applications and the likes. What I'm wondering is where unity stores the launchers that are actually pinned to the side bar. Anyone know?

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You can access this information using dconf-editor. Expand com → canonical → unity → launcher node and see the favorites key:

favorites key

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Am I to assume then that window matching information is embedded in the .desktop files themselves? –  JaySee Jul 23 '13 at 3:46
    
What do you mean speaking "window matching information"? .desktop files generally contain command and icon, and the key is shown also keeps arrangement. –  Danatela Jul 23 '13 at 3:52
    
What I mean by window matching is matching a specific window being drawn to a specific icon. I've had some applications that when I pin them and use the launcher to start them, they create a new icon on the launcher instead of using the existing icon. cough netbeans cough –  JaySee Jul 23 '13 at 3:53
    
This means that .desktop files on your desktop (or where did you pick them from) have another path to the icon then those in /usr/share/applications. –  Danatela Jul 23 '13 at 3:59
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@Joschua there is unity://running-apps entry in the setting. Put it at the very beginning of the list. –  Danatela Jul 1 at 2:53

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