I installed eclipse on ubuntu 10.04 by copying eclipse folder to /opt folder.

Now i would like to launch eclipse from gmrun dialog box by typing eclipse

How do i do that?

In windows to launch eclipse from run dialog box i copy the short cut of the application and paste it in windows/system32..Is there some thing like that in ubuntu?


Add this line to your .bashrc: export PATH=/opt/eclipse:$PATH, assuming the binary eclipse is inside /opt/eclipse.

It might be /opt/eclipse/bin or similar, but you will have to check it out yourself.

After that, you should be able to run it by pressing Alt+F2 and entering eclipse.


Typing eclipse at the command line calls a shell script in /usr/bin/ which then launches Eclipse. It looks like there's a line in the script you can change to point to your Eclipse install directory: ECLIPSE=/usr/lib/eclipse/eclipse.


Create shortcut in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin and it will work similarly as in Windows.

  • You should add more detail. "Add a shortcut" really means what invocation of ln -s ? – RobotHumans Aug 23 '12 at 16:24

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