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Looking into its .desktop file in /usr/share/applications, it turns out that there is a line in the file: NoDisplay=true Which means the application is not meant to be called from the launcher: it is a command line tool. Also, in the file is a line: Exec=pdf-presenter-console %f Which means you can run it from a terminal window, by the command: ...


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The ">" prompt appears because the shell expects you to continue the for loop or close it using the word "done". In your case you just have to add done at the end of the line or after the > prompt, e.g. for i in *.rpm; do sudo alien -cv $i; done This is an error in the instructions.


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What is the critical issue in your .desktop file I tried your .desktop file replacing the Exec= command with another (simple and working) one and the file appears to be functional, and is not refused by Dash. It is a common misunderstanding that you can use the Exec= line of a .desktop file as if it were a terminal window. That is not the case; expanding ...


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In Dash, applications are represented by .desktop files. These files are located in either /usr/share/applications or ~/.local/share/applications. What you see in Dash is not the filename of these .desktop files, but the (application-) name that is defined in the Name= line, inside the file. When you have duplicate appearences of the same application in ...



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