A .desktop file is a launcher. When run, it executes a command, which usually launches an application. Use this tag if you are asking a question about using a .desktop file or about the .desktop file format in general.

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i need to understand some of the core function of this Operating System [on hold]

i study OP system course and the prof. asked me to get a "code" of any open source op system functions like "handling the interpreter" and explain how it works, to the students. could you help me ...
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Desktop file doesn't show icon in Launcher

I have a small script, which uses rsync to do a backup and some associated housekeeping, that I run from a .desktop file which contains the line Terminal=true The desktop file is in ...
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Can I hide a part of my Ubuntu screen

I want to hide a part of my Ubuntu screen. Is there a way to put like a filter in front to all what is ongoing, so that I can decide what to see, using for instance a keyboard shortcut. When visiting ...
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Ubuntu Server GUI at specific runlevel

I have just recently installed Ubuntu Server, of course for server purpose. It is ok that there is only command line interface but I need GUI only for browser, nothing else. (Terminal browsers are ...
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Script crashes when starting from .desktop file

When I execute script from terminal by hand, it runs without problems: gksudo /path/to/module.sh But when I use .desktop file to run script on startup: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Exec=gksudo ...
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Desktop entry, or other convinent but safe way to exec multiple statements,

I'm running Gnome on Ubuntu 15.4. I want to execute two or more actions at once, but let's try with two: sudo pm-suspend gnome-screensaver-command -l pm-suspend has been added and allowed to be ...
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Eclipse installation question - .desktop file

Another noob question trying to install Eclipse as per How to install Eclipse? that is following right up after this question: Eclipse installation process - initial "sudo mv eclipse /opt" ...
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How to prevent launcher flashing after clicking it and before a window opens or timeout?

When I click a Unity launcher icon, it will flash until a window opens or until a timeout is reached. Also the mouse cursor changes to the spinning circle. While it is flashing, further clicks on the ...
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Toshiba Canvio Wireless Hard drive adapter

I have a new Toshiba Canvio Wireless hard drive adapter hooked up to a 1TB external hard drive. Toshiba only makes software for IOS, Android and Windows. I installed the exe file on to my desktop ...
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Icon path in .desktop file

On my desktop I have a .desktop file. If I type: Icon=/home/ianbell/Pictures/myLogo.png the icon of the .desktop file changes (the expected result). But, if I type: Icon=~/Pictures/myLogo.png ...
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Create desktop entry for executable

I'm sure the solution for this is trivial, but I haven't found the way to create a desktop file for an executable! My desktop file is: [Desktop Entry] Name=MOHAA LINUX Exec=mohaa_lnx ...
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Showing all installed programs in Ubuntu

In Ubuntu, where to see all programs just like the "program files" in windows, from which I can launch a program from a list of all program installed?
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Is there a file manager with file search that doesn't break xubuntu desktop

I am looking of a file manager for Xubuntu that would: (1) Be file search capable. The default combination Thunar+Catfish is can only search files, but cannot manipulate those. Catfish fails to ...
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Run .Desktop file as root

How do I make my desktop file run as root? I have a script to restart the network-manager that needs sudo to run, but it won't work as a desktop file because it still needs root.
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What happens internally when I click “Lock to launcher” in Unity?

In the Unity desktop, when I start a GUI application, its icon appears in the launcher (if it isn't already there). Now when I right-click this icon, I either get the option Lock to Launcher or ...
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Ubuntu Desktop screen going crazy

I'm new to Linux and had an extra computer on hand so after reading about Linux I took Windows 7 off and installed Ubuntu Desktop on it. Well, all works fine until I hit the settings tab on the home ...
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Ignoring BGRT: invalid status 0 (expected 1)

I've created a 15.10 Ubuntu USB drive and booting off it with an ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard, I get: Ignoring BGRT: invalid status 0 (expected 1) and then nothing. I've become really ...
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unable to launch gnome-session --session=ubuntu

I used xkill command in terminal then clicked on the top bar(by mistake). after rebooting i got this message : : unable to launch "gnome-session --session=ubuntu" X session --- "gnome-session ...
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Adding run as root for nautilus in unity

I am seeking for a way to make run as root option shown in "Files" context menu of Unity so, I get rid of using terminal every time I want to access nautilus as a root. I found the original concept ...
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What is the default size of the Ubuntu app icon?

What is the default size of the Ubuntu app icon?
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Ubuntu showing less ram than before after fresh install

I had Ubuntu 15.04 installed but its support ends in January. And I don't have that much bandwidth and money to do a upgrade every 9 months so I turned back to 14.04 and upgraded it to 14.04.3. But I ...
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MySQL Workbench available only via command line

This might be a silly question: I downloaded MySQL Workbench but I cannot find it in the finder area. If I go to the command line and type mysql-workbench then run, I'm able to launch it. But it ...
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why my desktop entry file not working for a perl program?

[Desktop Entry] Name=hotel Version=1.0 Encoding=UTF-8 X-GNOME-FullName=hotel Type=Application Categories=Application;Utility; Path=/home/yathayed/yedukondalu/programs/perl/advanced/tk Exec=perl ...
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I restarted for a Ubuntu update and I now have a command line when it boots. How do I get back to my desktop?

I restarted it and now I have this issue. I have tried typing in alt+f7, but that doesn't work. How do I get my desktop back?
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Viewing Error Details When Launching .desktop Files

I created a .desktop launcher file for an application, but I cannot launch it. It says There was an error launching the application. I'm new to Linux and don't know how and where to see the error ...
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Way to change the sidebar? [duplicate]

Is there a way to move the sidebar to the opposite side of the screen in Ubuntu? I see that there's a posted question to completely remove it; however, I would simply like to move it to the opposite ...
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What are possible directories for .desktop files and their icons, and when to use what directory?

Here are some of the directories where .desktop files describing applications can be found: ~/local/.share/applications /usr/share/applications /usr/share/app-install/desktop Perhaps there are even ...
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Ubuntu 15.10 No interface, just the wallpaper

I just installed Ubuntu 15.10 and after login, i do have only the new wallpaper, I do only have that, no menus, no interface, nothing... I see the login screen, once I log in, just the wallpaper. If ...
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XTerm instead of Terminal in .desktop

I have this .desktop file set to update my software: [Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Type=Application Name=Update Software Comment=Application Exec=/home/david/Update_Script.sh ...
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How to make a .desktop file show its progress in terminal? [duplicate]

I have a .desktop file set to 100% upgrade my system when I double click it, and I would like to see the results of what is happening when I click it. It is basically running a shell @ ...
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How does tracker find applications with no .desktop files

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and when I search for something in the activities overview, even if an application does not have a .desktop file it will shoe up in the search results ...
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How to get a remote desktop on an Azure hosted Ubuntu?

I have an Ubuntu installed on Azure. (it was created from a bitname image, but this is hopefully should not matter) Here is the version: Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS ...
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How to change a file's default program

I accidentally set a .desktop file to always open in kate, and meant to execute it. How do I change the default program? Sorry if this has been asked before or is an easy fix, I am fairly new to ...
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Desktop is not coming after update because of gnome-session fallback

I updated my Ubuntu 14.04 recently. Then I restarted and enter my password in GUI and after that got this screen I pressed Okay. However, nothing happens after that. Can anyone please help?
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Screen refresh problem

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 15.04 to Ubuntu 15.10 with sudo do-release-upgrade Everything worked fine. But when I tried to change the desktop background unity crashed. I restarted the computer ...
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Cannot run a program by clicking on its icon whereas it works in command line

Note that this is an issue under Ubuntu 14.04. It is not an issue with any other Linux distribution. There is no good reason for this to be closed... I first wrote my game under Magia Linux, and ...
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Using a .desktop entry for a Virtualbox VM to launch from Unity launcher still opens Virtualbox

I have two VMs with Virtualbox. I create for each a .desktop entry like so: [Desktop Entry] Name=My VM Comment= Exec=VBoxManage startvm 'My VM Name' Icon=/home/myuser/VirtualBox VMs/my-vm-icon.png ...
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Desktop File to open terminal with an alternative prompt

I want to create a .desktop file, which opens a terminal with a prompt, that display the current time and the current working directory in green color. I achieved this via the command: $ ...
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How to launch an Xulrunner app with a desktop shortcut?

I have created a simple xulrunner app and it works great when invoked from command line. clain@desktop:~$ xulrunner /home/clain/myapp/application.ini The problem is that I need to keep the terminal ...
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Notebook freezing on 15.04 [duplicate]

Hi I am not sure if anyone else is experiencing this problem but my computer just randomly starts freezing and my Desktop becomes unresponsive. I am running 15.04 and I can't click anywhere when it ...
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Where is the $HOME folder located?

I read recently that .desktop files that are used as desktop shortcuts are placed in the $HOME/Desktop directory. Where is this directory? Also, what does the $ part mean / do?
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Why do we have .desktop files?

I wonder why do we have .desktop files, I downloaded a trivial .jpg picture from internet (yes, I'm a newbie, currently learning command line), and saw that when I list the file, I saw .desktop ...
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Find default desktop directory

Years ago, we had a sysadmin who set up the default install so that all users start out with trash, their home folder, and some application launchers on their desktop. I'm currently in the process of ...
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Change time for mouse hover event

How do I change the time before a mouse hover event triggers. I'm using Eclipse and the tool tips are triggering too fast, I'd like to slow it down. From my reading of various answers in Eclipse ...
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Desktop shortcut for Java executable doesn't connect

[EDIT: Typing cd CashAdv THEN ] Running java -jar /home/bigaisdgood1/CashAdv/CashAdv.jar in a terminal would run my program correctly and has no problems. However, when I use that line of code in a ...
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I've installed Gnome on Ubuntu, how can I revert it back to Unity?

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 for the first time and had an issue with the System Settings not opening but instead saying there was a system error. After looking online I found one possible solution ...
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How to obtain the lower bar with the applications [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu 15.04 in VMware Workstation 12 and I don't know how to obtain the bar with the applications shown in the following figure Any suggestions? Many thanks in advance.
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how to restore my program UI after using “ctrl+super+D” to show the Desktop?

I'm running Eclipse, and then I used Crl+Super+D to show the Desktop, now I can't see the Eclipse. I clicked on the Eclipse program and it says there is another copy running on.
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creating split view windows on Ubuntu

Like on windows i press windows symbol key with left or right arrow to create spilt windows of equal sizes, how do i do that with Ubuntu? I use Ubuntu 15.04
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.desktop file appears to run a .sh file executable, but doesn't complete

I hope I have done my due diligence in searching previous posts. I am new to ubuntu (14.04), and still learning. I wasn't able to find this problem previously asked. I have created a .sh file ...