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I have 3 ssh terminals defined for 3 headless systems on my lan. I can launch them from a host terminal, but I would prefer to create a desktop file for each, so that I could put each one in the launcher menu (with an icon) and not need to go through the step of launching a terminal to launch another terminal.

So, stated simply: How can I create a gnome .desktop file that can launch an ssh session, and leave it open on the desktop?

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you can use the following sample .desktop file, save the following contents as somefile.desktop at your desired location, say on desktop.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=system1_ssh_terminal
Comment=launch ssh session
Exec=gnome-terminal -e 'ssh -X user@ip_of_system1'
Icon=utilities-terminal
Terminal=true
Type=Application
Categories=Application;

Don't forget to make the .desktop file executable.

  • Thanks. I missed the bit about .desktop files being executable. Never found that in the gnome docs... – explainer Nov 12 '14 at 20:31

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