Why didn't I think of that?
This is one of those solutions where you look at it and think "Why didn't I think of that?". Unfortunately I had to look at many websites with wrong suggestions or over-kill such as "how to use regedit to run shortcut as admin".
Having the right parameters
Right click on your Windows 10 desktop and setup your shortcut to look like this:
The full line for the
Target field should look like this:
C:\Windows\System32\bash.exe -c "cd && DISPLAY=:0 /mnt/e/bin/lock-screen-timer"
NOTE: Most users will use
/mnt/c/.... as their path but I'm dual-booting and the same script is shared by WSL and Ubuntu 16.04 so must be on a separate NTFS partition I've called
/mnt/e. WSL cannot write to a Linux
ext4 drive and Linux nor Windows Apps can write to a WSL sub-directory. It's complicated...
Also note the
DISPLAY=:0 parameter accommodates calling a bash GUI script but the same is likely true if calling
nautilus which are my next desktop shortcut projects. If not, I'll revise this answer..
Change Icon button to get a default list of icons to choose from. This is where the clock icon came from.