here is my desktop file. nautilus show icon and name i set in desktop file.

▶ cat gitauto.desktop 
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Git Auto Push/Pull

but if i add one line, "Exec=xxxxx/git.pl", nautilus show it as normal file, not show "github-color.svg" here.

i use 14.04, and i found only "Exec" line within [Desktop Entry] can occour this, quicklist items not effect. Is this a nautilus bug?

put a screen-shot to introduce different between normal file and desktop file


As all executables files a .desktop file needs executable permissions too to be recocgized as a "trusted" starter. Only then Nautilus will also display it's icon.

chmod +x gitauto.desktop

Note that you need an Exec=/path/to/binary_or_script line for a valid .desktop file. Also note that once made executable you will no longer have a right-click context entry to edit a .desktop file.

  • executable permissions/path is not the point. perhaps my declaration is not so clear, so i had added a screenshot here. – eexpress Sep 15 '14 at 12:33
  • @eexpress: Did you try to give your .desktop file executable permission? If yes, then check whether the path to your executable and also to your icon is correct (we need a full path here). In the example you posted above, both the Exec= line is missing, and the Icon= line does not point to a full path. – Takkat Sep 15 '14 at 12:45
  • of course i use full path, but i do not want set executable permission, all my desktop is same eprmission as -rw-rw-r-- and works fine. for my point is let nautilus show desktop files as it does as before, eg 12.04. – eexpress Sep 15 '14 at 12:54
  • @eexpress I want to stress that Takkat is right. If a .desktop file is not executable => no icon. That's how it is. – Jacob Vlijm Sep 15 '14 at 13:03
  • here is my screenshot imagebin.org/319747 – eexpress Sep 15 '14 at 13:04

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