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Yesterday I tried to create a Desktop quicklist for my gnome-terminal to open byobu with a specific byobu profile.

There's the part of my gnome-terminal.desktop file :

[NetBook_Byobu Shortcut Group]
Name=NetBook Byobu
Exec=gnome-terminal --disable-factory --sm-client-disable --class=netbook_byobu -x BYOBU_WINDOWS=netbook-session byobu 

But nothing appends when I click on the shortcut. So I tried to launch the exec command.

gnome-terminal open with an error :

There were an error while the creation of the child process for this terminal

The execution of the Child proccess « BYOBU_WINDOWS=netbook-session » failed (no files or folder of that type)

But when I launch byobu with the byobu profile :

$ BYOBU_WINDOWS=netbook-session byobu

The command works perfectly

I don't understand where the problem is. Maybe someone could help me ?

Best Regard, Winael

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Try this:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=My Custom Byobu
Comment=Custom Byobu Windows
Exec=BYOBU_WINDOWS=netbook-session byobu

This is based on the default byobu desktop file at /usr/share/applications/byobu.desktop.

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