I am trying to make a desktop shortcut to launch Spyder, which can be launched by typing spyder in terminal.

I made a spy.sh script with spyder in it. It works with bash spy.sh and ./spy.sh. But when I make a desktop shortcut like this:

[Desktop Entry]

It gives out an error:

"There was an error creating child process for the terminal. Failed to execute child process “/Desktop/spy.sh” (No such file or directory)"

Same error when I change into Exec=spyder

What should I do?

2 Answers 2


You don't need a script to do that, in a terminal just do

$ which spyder

This gives you the full path to the file that's executed, I suppose /usr/bin/spyder. Then just use that path for your Exec= line.


To configure KDE desktop shortcut to run specific command, you have to link the full path of the application.

i.e. use Exec=/home/(user)/Desktop/spy.sh instead of Exec=/Desktop/spy.sh (Because if you type /Desktop/spy.sh the system will actually find files from / --> /Desktop, which this folder will probably never exist.)

And for runing Spyder, follow dessert's answer.

Also, make sure spy.sh is executable, or else Permission denied will appear.

  • Thanks a lot. Even though linking full path helped remove the error, I couldn't run spyder successfully, a program would come up in taskbar called "web browser" and close. Following dessert's answer did the work. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:01
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    You probably have a corrupted spy.sh script. Also, if you find an answer working, mark the answer accepted by clicking the checkmark icon. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:02
  • But it works when executed from terminal. BTW, why doesn't just writing spyder in Exec= work for me? (suggested here - stackoverflow.com/questions/39771849/…) Sep 19, 2017 at 6:04
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    Because the desktop environment won't automatically search for spyder for you. If you type export you will see something like PATH=/usr/bin... but KDE desktop won't check this parameter. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:05
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    @AlekhKarkadaAshok I consider the automatic path completion a terminal feature, it's a good idea to give the full path everywhere else, especially in config files.
    – dessert
    Sep 19, 2017 at 6:19

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