Some applications, for example python resourceEditor from the pythoncard-tools package, run correctly if I start tham from Terminal.

However, when I add them to the launcher and try to open them clicking on the icon, the icon flashes for a while, but the app does not start.

Any ideas how I can fix this?

  • edit the .desktop file to correctly point to the file May 20, 2011 at 10:37
  • Thank you :) but where is the .desktop file?
    – Agnese
    May 20, 2011 at 10:40
  • here you go askubuntu.com/questions/43659/… May 20, 2011 at 10:42
  • Hmm... the unity-launcher-editor doesn't work: I can add and edit applications in the GUI, but they never show in the unity panel launcher. I've tried restarting the session after editing with the unity-launcher-editor but no luck. I've also installed dconf-tools as suggested at: askubuntu.com/questions/35625/… but no, it doesn't work...
    – Agnese
    May 20, 2011 at 11:17

1 Answer 1


the problem is that this application does not come with a .desktop file, without a .desktop file you should not be able to pin applications to the launcher (as unity can not launch them again).

Essentially its a bug that you can pin this application at all, you shouldn't get the option.

you can potentially create a .Desktop file for this application and put it in /home//.local/share/applications/resourceeditor.desktop but i wouldn't recommend it for future compatibility.

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