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Old 10-30-2014, 01:04 PM   #1
madao
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Create shortcuts on desktop for common applicatons such as gnuplot?


Hi,

I am a total LINUX newbie, but always desire to try it. Now it is the best chance I have ever had. After 3 days tangling with LINUX, I am wondering if I can create shortcuts for day-to-day applications/command unawared location such as gnuplot?

That is to say, I totally understand you can alias and run commands in the shell, but I guess I am spoiled by Windows too much. I am also afraid that since I already cannot remember commands, how can I ever remember the alias? And what if I have to work on others machines which does not have my aliases? But yeah, it is all excuses, I just want to use GUI more, for now. >_<

If I can find the applications in the GNOME, such as kite, I can create its shortcut on the desktop by drag it from the main menu to the desktop. However, for something that only run from the shell such as gnuplot, I have no idea how to do it.

Thanks for the help!
 
Old 10-30-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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Hi there,

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I am a total LINUX newbie
no problem, we all were some time ...

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After 3 days tangling with LINUX, I am wondering if I can create shortcuts for day-to-day applications/command unawared location such as gnuplot?
Some general advice at first: Please note that Linux isn't usually written in all caps. And note that Linux is, strictly speaking, just the very core of the system, very much like the engine of a car. So your question is a bit like "I'm driving a Diesel car now. How do I adjust the seats in it?" - Your topic is a desktop issue, so it would be a good idea to tell us which desktop environment you're using (which could be Gnome, KDE, xfce, Cinnamon or many others). Or if you're not sure about that, at least the name of the Linux distro you're using (which could for example be Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, RedHat, Fedora).

A few lines further down, you mention Gnome, so I think that's the one we're talking about.

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If I can find the applications in the GNOME, such as kite, I can create its shortcut on the desktop by drag it from the main menu to the desktop. However, for something that only run from the shell such as gnuplot, I have no idea how to do it.
And yet it's so simple. Just right-click on the desktop and select "Create Launcher" from the context menu. From there, it's almost self-explaining, I think.

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Old 10-30-2014, 02:03 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot Doc CPU. I will use Linux from now on, and I apologize that I am not fully case-sensitive yet. And yes I am using Gnome with Centos 6, sorry did not make it clear from the beginning.

I just added gnuplot and graffiti on the desktop followed your advices, and they are both working as intended! Thank you very much!
 
  


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