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Old 11-17-2012, 09:57 AM   #1
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Create script and symbolic link to run Thunderbird


I have an installation of Mozilla Thunderbird that, upon installation, did not place a link in my Menu or on my Desktop. In order to run Thunderbird I have to open a terminal window, and through the terminal window navigate to the directory containing the executable for Thunderbird. This executable is currently in the "thunderbird" directory which resides on my Desktop.

I would like to write something, i.e.- a script and symbolic link I guess, whereby all I have to do is click on the link, say, on my Desktop whereby Thunderbird will run. Would there be somebody who would help me with this?

Much thanks in advance!!
 
Old 11-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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Which desktop are you using?
 
Old 11-17-2012, 11:12 AM   #3
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Which desktop are you using?
I am using Gnome 2, and running Debian Squeeze.
 
Old 11-17-2012, 08:14 PM   #4
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The thread is marked SOLVED. Have you found a solution?

You could create a launcher as described here.

If GNOME 2 is freedesktop.org compliant, you should be able to add a menu item for the ~/Desktop installation of Thunderbird by adding a .desktop file for it in ~/.local/share/applications.

Here's an untested and cobbled together example of thunderbird.desktop in case one was not installed that you can copy. You would need to change at least the Exec= and Icon= lines and may want to change the Categories line to suit the GNOME 2 menu.
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Type=Application
Name=Thunderbird
Categories=Office
Exec=/home/<your user name>/Desktop/<whatever>/thunderbird
Icon=/home/<your user name>/Desktop/<whatever>/thunderbird.png
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false
Hidden=false
BTW why did you install Thunderbird under ~/Desktop rather than in the conventional place (in which case it probably would have shown up in your menu)?
 
  


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