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I have my custom script in Ruby with read permission, which starts with:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

I can run that script from the terminal by typing that path. I added a file with .desktop extention to /usr/share/applications with content

[Desktop Entry]

and permission 777. When I open the Ubuntu file/application searcher at the top-left corner, I find my script by typing in the name. But when I click on it, it does not run. What am I doing wrong?

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You may believe the content is appropriate but there is no way we can know unless you show us. You should also mention the permissions of the .desktop file. – terdon Apr 9 '14 at 14:49
I added that information, but I don't think the problem is with that part because I had the same problem with adding a launcher to the menu bar with an older Ubuntu, which I asked on this site about , about an year ago:…, and it has not yet been solved. – sawa Apr 9 '14 at 14:55

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I do not know what exactly is "content that I believe is appropriate". However, if you can run the script through terminal all you have to do is create a script with:

cd /path/to/folder

Make the script executable. Then in your .desktop file, launch the script instead of your command directly.


#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=path/to/icon/bash script
Name=Script name
Comment=A description here
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The script cannot be Ruby but has to be bash? – sawa Apr 9 '14 at 14:57

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