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Old 12-06-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
bidalah
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Unhappy Creating launcher of executable file-Ubuntu


Hi everyone,

I am attempting to created a desktop shortcut(launcher) for the Project Alice Program. In Linux the "run-alice" link which activates the Alice Program executes a java script which references serveral local folders and files. Some of these references seem to complied into the java classes so execution MUST take place in the install directory.

So I created an executable script with the following lines:

cd /"location of run-alice"/
./run-alice

I named this script RUNALICE. Then I created a desktop shortcut to run RUNALICE.


If I open up a terminal window and activate this desktop shortcut from the command line, it works perfectly (note- I am NOT activating the shortcut from the Alice install directory. It really is doing what I want it to). BUT if I simply double click on it from the desktop nothing happens. No error, no activity, nothing.

Project Alice is a program designed to be used by children. The children we are introducing it to will not be familiar with Linux or command line programming. I really want to give them a desktop shortcut to click on.

Can anyone tell me if there is a way to do this? I am new to Linux and I have to say its a big disappointment that a simple shortcut has become such a big deal. After a seamless OS install and Alice program download, this final detail has kept me working for hours without success. Please let me know what I am missing.
 
Old 12-06-2009, 01:55 AM   #2
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Then I created a desktop shortcut to run RUNALICE.

... this is the part where you made the mistake then. Go back over how you did this and make sure that it is the launcher that you are clicking. But also make sure that the launcher has permission to execute the script - set script permissions to 777. Make sure the launcher executes the scrit the right way - there are three options in the launcher creation cui.
 
Old 12-06-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
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Simon,

I did set the permissions to 777 and I tried all 3 launcher options. Again, the launcher works perfectly when I execute it manually from the terminal. It is only when I double-click it from the gui that it plays dead.
 
  


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