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I found this link on Wikipedia: According to them Symlinks are not really shortcuts.

I had the need to create a shortcut to a program on the Desktop and I wanted to do this using a terminal command. I could not find one. Rather I bumped into the ln command which does pretty much the same (to my knowledge).

So if it's not the same, how do I create a shortcut?


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They're similar things, but while a link it's just that, a link to a file or folder, a shortcut can contain more information, like launching parameters, personalized icons, etc. To create a symbolic link you just need to do in a terminal:

ln -s /path/to/file /path/to/symboliclink

To create shortcuts with personalized options, there's a program called arronax:

sudo apt-get install arronax

You can create shortcuts, save where you want (usually the desktop or in $HOME/.local/share/applications if you want them to appear in the unity dash), set icons, set if you want to run the program in a terminal or not... etc.

Here's an example:

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Hope it helps!

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I love that short and clear answer. But if shortcuts are such a basic thing, why do we need another program like arronax to do it? Can't we just do it using the terminal? – itsols Nov 16 '13 at 15:28
You can actually create a shortcut simply with vim or another text editor because they're just plaintext, but I use arronax because I'm not familiarized with the syntax. – darent Jun 2 at 13:28

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