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Old 03-19-2004, 10:32 AM   #1
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Desktop shortcut for running programs

Hi all
I run some program thru konsole. Can I have desktop shortcut for that. I thried to make alink to application thru KDE but apparently it is not working?
How can I do that?
Old 03-19-2004, 03:51 PM   #2
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It should be possible to write a text file that can be set to launch with Konsole automatixcally.To create a file that launches Neverwinter Nights I could do this:

open a console, cd to the directory to where the command will be run and type:

cat > *to create a file, name it *.sh the .sh extension will make sure it runs as a shel script*
cd /home/nwn *the directory where the program to be run is (may be optional)*
./nwn *command to run the program*
ctrl+d *hold down ctrl+d* to get back to normal command line*

Now you just have to create a sym link to the desktop. You can either clcik'n'drag or try something like:

ln -s /home/nwn/ /home/desktop/<username>/<linkname>

You may have to do su before any of this depending on what the permissions in the current directory.

If the file doesn't execute do su and make sure to change the relevent permissions, for example:
chmod 777 *read/write/execute permission to all users*

This should work fine

Another example (done in a shell):

cd /home
cat >
chmod 777
ln -s /home/ /home/<username>/desktop/xine

Old 03-19-2004, 03:56 PM   #3
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I'm sure there's another way of doing this - one in which the link doesn't look like a shell script but Mandrake doesn't seem to let me atm (I *have* managed this in the past - with 9.2 though)

Last edited by cb_linus; 03-19-2004 at 03:57 PM.
Old 03-19-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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Does it have to be through console? I mean, to run xterm and have that load a program you use:
xterm -e program_to_run
In fact, try that with konsole, I imagine it takes a lot of the same parameters as xterm.
Old 03-19-2004, 04:01 PM   #5
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Adding an icon to the desktop in KDE is simple. All you need to do is to just right click on the desktop, then click Create New / Link to Application. Fill in the name you want to use for the shortcut, then click the (generic) icon image on the left hand side of the box. That will allow you to choose whatever icon you want - most likely you will want to click "Other icons", then browse for the directory that contains your app's icon (eg, it may be located in /usr/share/pixmaps or whatever). Anyway, the final step is to click on the Execute tab, then click on Browse and select the app's executable. -- J.W.
Old 03-19-2004, 04:05 PM   #6
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I was fiddling around with the desktop options in KDE yesterday and happened across an option to enable desktop shortcuts. Give that a try, it worked for me.
Old 03-19-2004, 05:48 PM   #7
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Thanks guys
making a link was what I tried but it didn't work till i logged out and logined again.


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