I try to open Google Chrome by running this command, but the result is strange:

$ google-chrome
Please launch slimjet via the wrapper script: flashpeak-slimjet

Why above command does not open Google Chrome and also what is the meaning of above result?


Here is the result of which command:

$ which google-chrome

Also, /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome and google-chrome-stable both open Google Chrome. But again, my questions are why google-chrome does not?and why flashpeak-slimjet is proposed?

  • Try /opt/google/chrome/google-chrome --enable-plugins – Liso Dec 14 '16 at 7:24
  • @Liso But I do not want to enable plugins. – hasanghaforian Dec 14 '16 at 7:29
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    Remove --enable-plugins option then – Liso Dec 14 '16 at 7:31
  • @Liso OK! But why $ google-chrome does not work? – hasanghaforian Dec 14 '16 at 7:38
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    Try google-chrome-stable. – DK Bose Dec 14 '16 at 11:44

The command to start Google Chrome is /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable, or just google-chrome-stable if /usr/bin is in the PATH as it should. In general, to see what is the command to run a graphical application, use Nautilus to navigate to /usr/share/applications and examine the properties of the launcher, or, in a terminal, look for the line Exec= in the .desktop file.


It's a mess the installer of slimjet, a chromium-based browser (looks pretty much identical, that's probably what you're running sometimes), does in your system, replacing the actual chrome's symlink.


It's a hijack by slimjet. In /etc/alternatives/, for each google-chrome, gnome-www-browser, and x-www-browser, change the symlink to /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable, e.g.:

sudo ln -f -s /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable /etc/alternatives/google-chrome

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