No way to add a new app launcher from Gnome 3.x GUI?

cornel panceac cpanceac at
Thu Apr 19 06:07:03 UTC 2012

2012/4/19 John Morris <jmorris at>

> On Wed, 2012-04-18 at 21:22 -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
> > On Wed, 2012-04-18 at 15:04 -0300, Fernando Cassia wrote:
> >
> > > I know this doesn´t solve my problem, but I´m outraged.
> >
> > In general, we expect an application to bring a suitable desktop file so
> > it is usable after you installed it. That is even part of the packaging
> > guidelines, last I checked.
> >
> > If the application you want a launcher for is something you created
> > yourself, I don't think it is outrageous to expect you to write a
> > desktop file after you already wrote the application...
> And nobody ever needed a launcher for a script or downloaded an app
> outside the package manager or did anything but be a nice little end
> user and let the GNOMEs take care of everything.  Steve Jobs is smiling
> somewhere.
> I make .desktop files on a regular basis to fire off ssh sessions and
> such.  Or did until I abandoned GNOME and found XFCE won't launch ssh
> via a .desktop link under some circumstances I haven't understood yet.
> Some of my existing desktop links work, others don't and I haven't
> nailed down the cause yet.

with a chance this was already mentioned, what's a good place to learn how
to create those .desktop files?
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