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asked 2016-05-03 17:04:36 -0500

zelphir gravatar image

I am running a Fedora 22 with Gnome 3. When I place .desktop files like the one here into my ~/.local/share/applications directory, they still don't show up when I type parts of the name of the application in the dash.

Is there anything special one needs to do to enable those desktop files?

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answered 2016-05-03 20:23:31 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2016-05-04 14:20:03 -0500

Make sure those manually created .desktop files begin like this

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]

EDIT: You can also use destop-file-validate <your_desktop_file> to check and validate your file. (The tool is part of the package desktop-file-utils.)

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It was the #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open missing and the fact that there cannot be an empty line between #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open and the [Desktop Entry] line. Thanks!

zelphir gravatar imagezelphir ( 2016-05-04 06:45:29 -0500 )edit

some more background info: https://specifications.freedesktop.or...

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2016-05-04 13:32:41 -0500 )edit

I can't make it work for my program DS9. I have the following desktop file:

$ cat ds9.desktop 
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Astronomical Data Visualization Application


Even with the line you mention it doesn't work. And I didn't find anything about that line in the documentation of desktop files. Any thoughts?

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2016-05-05 07:54:59 -0500 )edit

@skytux : true, the documentation doesn't mention that one line. My personal experience was that at some point my manually created .desktop files were not working, and after some online research I found the solution to my problem: #!/usr/bin/env xdg-open Unfortunately, I can't find the same source right now but I think it was in

Doing a quick search now, I found this, which talks a bit about the hashpling.

Really interesting that the freedesktop's documenation doesn't mention it.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-05-05 21:29:10 -0500 )edit

Thanks @florian! I'm going to take a look at that link.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2016-05-06 06:49:08 -0500 )edit

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