I started using Ubuntu again. I installed my daily IDE for Java development in Ubuntu.Then I created a eclipse.desktop file in /home/username/.local/share/applications directory and dragged it to my launcher in order for the ease of launching.

Then I faced the issue of menu bar not enabling issue. As discussed in following answer, I changed the .desktop file too.


However, it did not help me. Then I followed the following answer


It helped me. But it should be done again and again.

So I changed my eclipse.desktop file combining above 2 answers. This is how it looks now.

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Eclipse Integrated Development Environment
Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY = 0 /home/username/eclipse/jee-neon/eclipse/eclipse

Now, When I drag the .desktop file to the launcher and click on it, Eclipse does not open. instead, it shows the indication that it has been clicked on, but does not start. The commented out line is the one which works correctly.

How can I correct this in order to run eclipse with the menu bar every time I open eclipse using the icon on the launcher?

  • Hope you have not actually typed "env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY = 0" ?? (note the spaces around = ) – ddbug Apr 27 '17 at 16:13
  • there are two spaces, one in left one in right to the = mark – vigamage Apr 27 '17 at 16:15

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