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Old 11-18-2007, 08:23 PM   #1
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Gnome Desktop launchers appear as .desktop and do not function

Whenever I try to use a launcher I have created I get an error window that says Cannot open *.desktop and has and error message. Ive attached an image on this thread
Old 11-19-2007, 02:17 AM   #2
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First, let me give you a couple of pieces of info about your UbuntuForums posting that you might not be aware of. I imagine you gave us a link to the thread because LQ doesn't allow you to upload anything. None-the-less, people have to log in to view that image at UbuntuForums, which means only UbuntuForums members can view it. (Fortunately, I am such a member. Not many posts over there, but I can login. )

The other thing is that image takes a *very* *long* *time* to download over dialup. Only a small part of the image contains the actual information you want people to see. It would have been much better if you had taken an image of just the window with the error message.

But back to your problem ... That message appears to be a security warning that the content of the file does not match the extension for the file. Perhaps you should post the contents of the file.

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Old 11-19-2007, 08:40 AM   #3
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Sorry about that, I guess it has become commonplace to ignore the considerations of dial-up users. This time I just used a firefox launcher, because no matter what I have the same effect on all of my launchers.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Firefox Web Browser
Name[ca]=Navegador web Firefox
Name[cs]=Firefox Webový prohlížeč
Name[es]=Navegador web Firefox
Name[fa]=مرورگر اینترنتی Firefox
Name[fr]=Navigateur Web Firefox
Name[hu]=Firefox webböngésző
Name[it]=Firefox Browser Web
Name[ja]=Firefox ウェブ・ブラウザ
Name[ko]=Firefox 웹 브라우저
Name[nb]=Firefox Nettleser
Name[nl]=Firefox webbrowser
Name[nn]=Firefox Nettlesar
Name[no]=Firefox Nettleser
Name[pl]=Przeglądarka WWW Firefox
Name[pt]=Firefox Navegador Web
Name[pt_BR]=Navegador Web Firefox
Name[pt_BR]=Navegador Web Firefox
Name[sk]=Internetový prehliadač Firefox
Name[sv]=Webbläsaren Firefox
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web
Comment[ca]=Navegueu per el web
Comment[cs]=Prohlížení stránek World Wide Webu
Comment[de]=Im Internet surfen
Comment[es]=Navegue por la web
Comment[fa]=صفحات شبکه جهانی اینترنت را مرور نمایید
Comment[fi]=Selaa Internetin WWW-sivuja
Comment[fr]=Navigue sur Internet
Comment[hu]=A világháló böngészése
Comment[it]=Esplora il web
Comment[ko]=웹을 돌아 다닙니다
Comment[nb]=Surf på nettet
Comment[nl]=Verken het internet
Comment[nn]=Surf på nettet
Comment[no]=Surf på nettet
Comment[pl]=Przeglądanie stron WWW
Comment[pt]=Navegue na Internet
Comment[pt_BR]=Navegue na Internet
Comment[pt_BR]=Navegue na Internet
Comment[sk]=Prehliadanie internetu
Comment[sv]=Surfa på webben
GenericName=Web Browser
GenericName[ca]=Navegador web
GenericName[cs]=Webový prohlížeč
GenericName[es]=Navegador web
GenericName[fa]=مرورگر اینترنتی
GenericName[fr]=Navigateur Web
GenericName[it]=Browser Web
GenericName[ko]=웹 브라우저
GenericName[pl]=Przeglądarka WWW
GenericName[pt]=Navegador Web
GenericName[pt_BR]=Navegador Web
GenericName[pt_BR]=Navegador Web
GenericName[sk]=Internetový prehliadač
Exec=firefox %u
Old 11-19-2007, 10:28 AM   #4
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At least I have my dial-up friendly posting down now ;-p
Old 11-19-2007, 12:33 PM   #5
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Ok, the only way I was able to fix this problem was to create a new user account and transfer my files and settings. This is obviously a drastic solution, but nonetheless a solution.
Old 11-19-2007, 01:08 PM   #6
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Thanks for making that image more dial-up friendly. While you were fixing the problem, I was trying to Google to find out about MIME associations in Gnome. I still have not figured it out, but I suspect that is where the problem was. Gnome simply didn't think that was the right format for a .desktop file.

So I am glad you got it fixed even if the fix wasn't elegant! If anybody knows about how Gnome does the MIME associations or how they may have been altered (if indeed that was the problem) I would sure be interested in knowing it!


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