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I cannot create a new launcher anywhere (either in the normal GNOME desktop or Unity).

No action when I right-click the desktop and select Create Launcher....

At last I tried to create launcher, and I got the following error message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/alacarte/Alacarte/", line 312, in on_new_item_button_clicked
    process = subprocess.Popen(['gnome-desktop-item-edit', file_path], env=os.environ)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 672, in __init__
    errread, errwrite)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/", line 1213, in _execute_child
    raise child_exception
OSError: [Errno 2] Directory or file does not exist.

What is wrong?

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I discovered what was the problem. sudo apt-get install gnome-panel helped, now it is O.K. – Igor Luhan Aug 5 '11 at 20:38

As you yourself stated in a comment, the solution is to install gnome-panel

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel should do the trick.

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Importantly, if you're trying to do this in a minimal system on a lightweight Ubuntu derivative, like Lubuntu, you'll have to prevent recommended packages from being installed... sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel ...else you'll end up installing most of Ubuntu Desktop too. – user160554 May 21 '13 at 11:20

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