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oh guys, do i did something dumb. i was copying a *.desktop file to /usr/share/applications/, but instread copied it to /usr/share/application. I dont know what used to be in this file or how important it is. Could someone please tell me how to restore it ??
So, if you did exactly what you typed, you copied a .desktop file to the FILE /usr/share/application, right? If this is true, copy /usr/share/application back to /usr/share/applications/whatever.desktop and you should be OK. This is provided you remember the name of the original .desktop file. You do remember the filename, right?!
Hmm... I think what has happened is that all the *.desktop files are copied to one single file /usr/share/application. I don't think there actually was a file called application in /usr/share before the copying, so probably you don't have to worry about it. I could be wrong though... If you only copied the files, then you have the original .desktop files still. No damage done.
When you copy, you are literally creating a file. Spelling and capitalization are critical in GNU/Linux, as you have found out! One thing to remember which kind of throws new GNU/Linux users for a loop is in GNU/Linux, and Unix, "everything is a file". This is a totally alien concept in Windows, so takes a bit to get used to. Glad you figured out the issue.