I have the program Lutris installed on my computer and I am going through adding all my linux games. However some are .sh execs others are .bins and executables which both added fine. the .sh ones are giving me some grief. issue

I don't know what to put in the argument section to help launch the game. It's an easy fix I know it is. I just can't think of it, a little brain dead here :P


I just threw sudo sh in there as something to see if it worked but it didn't.


The games that are in .sh launch straight from the shell script file there are no install screens or anything I just run the terminal command and the game is open, Lutris just simplifies that by adding them all together in a manager so I don't have to type as much :P

So if I don't need an argument that is for after the program is launch do I need a preload library? As Lutris sees the file (I think) its supposed to be an executable that I just double click on the icon and the game starts.

I can simplify this cause I know I am sometimes a little confusing with my words.

Lutris is a launcher for linux games and gaming on ubuntu in general. The games I have are .sh format, They aren't installers but launchers. I can go into terminal and type the sh commands and run the game fine, I am just trying to add said games to Lutris and I guess Lutris doesn't see it as an Executable even though I have it checked under permissions in the GUI

  • That will depend on what dontstarve.sh actually does. Why are you launching it with sudo? Is that necessary? In any case, sudo sh is not an argument, arguments are what come after the program, for example sh is an argument to sudo here. If you need to run dontstarve.sh as root, you'll need to make a wrapper script that calls it with sudo and give the wrapper to Lutris instead. Please edit your question and clarify the situation, I'd be happy to write the little wrapper for you. – terdon May 17 '14 at 12:05
  • hopefully that helps understand better. – leveliv May 17 '14 at 12:14

Running bash files

To run an .sh (bash) file, you have two options

  1. Force run with bash

    • $ bash /path/to/file.sh
  2. Allow execution

    • $ chmod +x /path/to/file.sh
    • $ ./path/to/file.sh

Typically, files downloaded from the internet are not marked as executable (+x) until you specifically mark them so.

Creating "Shortcuts"

You may want to create a "Shortcut" or clickable icon that launches your games

  • gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new

To ensure that the file runs, use the bash /path/to/file.sh method when inputting the command.

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