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I try to add a quicklist launcher for gedit that allowed me to open a new doc in gedit directly from unity dash

so I tried to add this command to my OpenDoc Shortcut Group

[OpenDoc Shortcut Group]
Name=Open file...
Exec=gedit $(zenity --file-selection)

But nothing happens when I click on the quicklist launcher...

Maybe someone know who to do it ?

Best Regards

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For now, I find a solution, but it's not a beautiful one. I create a file with the command : 'gedit $(zenity --file-selection)' I save it under '~/.local/share/applications/scripts/gedit/geditzenity' and I allow the file been executed. Then I modify gedit.desktop with this quicklist shortcut : '[OpenDoc Shortcut Group] Name=Open file... Exec=~/.local/share/applications/scripts/gedit/geditzenity TargetEnvironment=unity' and it works. But little bit babarian don't you think ? Maybe someone have a better idea. BR, –  Winael May 3 '11 at 15:31
You should post that as an answer, so that we can vote on it and it doesn't get buried in the comments. –  Jorge Castro May 4 '11 at 0:05
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Ok, so finaly I find a great solution for this case.

As I said before in a comments, the better solution is to use a script called with the Ayatana shortcut. This is an exemple of Quicklist launcher for gedit. With it you can open a file in gedit or open a file as root in gedit

The part I add in the gedit.desktop file :


[OpenDoc Shortcut Group]
Name=Open file...
Exec=/path/to/the/script normal-mode

[OpenDocRoot Shortcut Group]
Name=Open file as root...
Exec=/path/to/the/script root-mode

Using a script fine is more easier for testing what we want and do some complex things with the quicklist shortcut.

Now this is the code for the script /path/to/the/script (personally I create a script folder in ~/.local/applications/ folder and create the script geditshortcut in it)


case $1 in
normal-mode) gedit $(zenity --title='Open file...' --file-selection);;
root-mode) gksudo -u root -m "Running Gedit as user root allow you to modify some essential files of your system" "bash -c 'gedit \$(zenity --title=\'Open file as user root...\' --file-selection)'";;

Now Drag & Drop the gedit.desktop file to the launcher bar or Unity and enjoy it ;)

That's all folks !!

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Don't forget double quotes around the command substitution, "$(zenity ...)", otherwise it won't work with filenames containing whitespace among other things. –  geirha Jul 8 '11 at 14:28
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Based on your solution in the comments, you could write a more generic script:

$1 $($2)

It would call the first argument with the output of the other, so you could Exec=path/to/my/script gedit "zenity --file-selection" Still a workaround, but easier to reuse in other cases.

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Thx @Egil, In fact, I thank about that this morning. With args option for the script (with a case command in it), I can easly set up lots of quicklist in launcher as, for exemple : #!/bin/bash case $1 in normal-mode) gedit $(zenity --file-selection) su-mode) gksu gedit $(zenity --file-selection) esac and then in launcher I think I can use : [OpenDoc Shortcut Group] Name=Open file... Exec=~/.local/share/applications/scripts/gedit/geditzenity normal-mode TargetEnvironment=unity ==> –  Winael May 4 '11 at 9:16
[OpenDoc Shortcut Group] Name=Open file... Exec=~/.local/share/applications/scripts/gedit/geditzenity su-mode TargetEnvironment=unity I'll try it and let you know BR, –  Winael May 4 '11 at 9:18
Ok, I test my little workaround and it seems to work fine. That's so great and more easly as I expected :). I'll finish the script and post-it as an Answer to this question. Thx –  Winael May 4 '11 at 14:17
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