I'm new to ubuntu and logged in as user abc (shows Desktop)

I need to call the following app when I'm logged in as user abc: /home/xyz/zzzapp/zzz -param1 -param2

user abc and xyz are members of sudo.

I'd like to have a .desktop shortcut on abc that logs in as user xyz opens a terminal and calls the app zzz -param1 -param2

If terminal asks me for password it's ok for me

how can I do this?

  • which desktop do you have on your Ubuntu? GNOME, MATE, ... ? – damadam Jun 25 '18 at 13:06
  • which desktop - I installed ubuntu 18.04 LTS - the default one – ssssstut Jun 25 '18 at 15:26

The ~/.local/share/applications/zzz.desktop file will look like:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Run zzz as xyz
Exec=bash -c 'su -c "/home/xyz/zzzapp/zzz -param1 -param2" xyz; read -p "Hit Enter to close terminal:"'

Why do you need a desktop icon? I would recommend this:

  1. add this function to your ~/.bashrc

    zzz() { su -c '~/zzzapp/zzz -param1 "$(bash get_ggggg.sh)"' -l xyz; }
  2. when you want to run it, open a gnome-terminal and enter the command zzz

  • thank you, works great! However I just found out that param 2 is actually something like this: zzz -param1 bash get_ggggg.sh --> bash: get_gggg.sh: no such file or directory Further is it possible to just start a command shell in the home directory? e.g.: ckick on icon, login - command shell for xyz starts where I can input custom commands – ssssstut Jun 25 '18 at 18:46
  • when I put the bash get_ggg.sh into double single quotes instead of one single quote: error diappears on calling however command error: too many arguments as reply from zzz app – ssssstut Jun 25 '18 at 18:57
  • "double single quotes" are useless. See update in my answer – glenn jackman Jun 25 '18 at 19:09
  • function: thanks for the great idea! However when I start my app zzz reports: Error: (Invalid_argument "Utils.parse_addr_port: IPv6 addresses must be bracketed") ----> note: start it normally in command shell works. Any suggestions? – ssssstut Jun 25 '18 at 20:54
  • No. Insufficient data. – glenn jackman Jun 25 '18 at 20:57

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