if i enter "vim" in unity search (after pressing Super key") nothing shows up.
I can only start gvim by using Alt+F2 and entering gvim. Why does this happen?
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This seems to have solved the problem for me:
sudo cp /usr/share/app-install/desktop/vim-gui-common\:gvim.desktop /usr/share/applications
This was suggested by a related bug report.
cp /usr/share/app-install/desktop/vim-gui-common\:gvim.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/gvim.desktop
Copy & rename vim-gui-common:gvim.desktop to gvim.desktop in your user directory, to make it available.
Drag ~/.local/share/applications/gvim.desktop to your launcher
The other answer (copy to /usr/share/applications) didn't work here in 14.04.