I have a daemon that I would like to start from desktop shortcut, but I need to see the debug output from it in real time
OK, I have a desktop link that opens a vncviewer for my big box upstairs. vncviewer needs a password, so I need to run it in a terminal window (much like you need).
I did it like this with KDE:
Create New .... Link to Application.
: Click the icon, choose a new one. Rename "Link to Application" to something better
: Enter a description, enter the command you need. Then Click "Advanced" and check the box[*] Run in Terminal
I expect gnome has something similar.