I want to add a keyboard shortcut to launch a program I typically open from the terminal. The terminal command I setup for it is julia (which points to the relevant binary in my PATH).

So I added a keyboard shortcut under Settings (I am in Ubuntu 18.04)

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but it doesn't do anything. I think maybe the issue is I have to tell it somehow that this is a terminal program?

  • you need to provide the full path to the executable. – digiwizkid Nov 8 '19 at 13:38
  • @digiwizkid I tried /usr/bin/julia, but it also doesn't work. Note that I have a julia binary under /usr/bin/, which is on my PATH. – becko Nov 8 '19 at 13:44

You can use: bash -c "gnome-terminal -x application" to open a terminal, note that it exits once the application opened stops running.

bash -c "gnome-terminal -x julia"

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You could create a .desktop file with the following content:

[Desktop Entry]

Put this file into ~/.local/share/applications and make it executable by chmod +x . Then you should be able to add a keyboard shortcut to it.

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  • Have to argue that even though this is a good solution I prefer over keyboard shortcuts, it's also a correct answer to another question. – Smurfz87 Nov 8 '19 at 14:16
  • @Smurfz87 I will agree that as it is written here, it is not a complete solution to the question. i just have to find out where the desktop file has to be put, so that OP can add a keyboard shortcut to it. Any ideas on that? – Bruni Nov 8 '19 at 14:19
  • ~/.local/share/applications ? – Smurfz87 Nov 8 '19 at 14:21
  • @Smurfz Thank you! I ll adjust my answer. – Bruni Nov 8 '19 at 14:23
  • Hi.. I would like to know what will be the keyboard shortcut command to enter in this case? ~/.local/share/applications/julia.desktop ?? – UnKNOWn Nov 8 '19 at 19:12

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