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I upgraded my Ubuntu from 10.04 to 11.10 using a USB stick. On 10.04 I had a manual Eclipse installation, that got correctly integrated into the Unity launch bar (meaning that I can start and run it).

But when I log into Gnome Shell it is like Eclipse was never there. I can search for it all I want, its just never found.

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You can make a script in ~/bin called eclipse, make it executable by running

chmod + x ~/bin/eclipse

Edit the file to look like



Just make sure that the path in the last line points the eclipse executable in your Eclipse installation. Now every time you run eclipse, this script will be called, which in turn will run Eclipse.

You can also put the script in /usr/bin if you want to make it available to all users.

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