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17 Dec 2021

Making a script into an application

For an executable ( to be an ‘application’, it has to have a .desktop file in ~/.local/share .1

For qutebrowser, created this:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec="~/.local/bin/qb %f"
  • To test it, desktop-file-validate qutebrowser.desktop
  • To refresh the db, sudo update-desktop-database
  • sudo desktop-file-install qutebrowser.desktop then put it in /usr/share/applications 2

This describes all the things needed to set qb as default browser: New option for open link with browser · Issue #716 · RocketChat/Rocket.Chat.Electron

At the end, symlinked /usr/bin/qb to it’s location in my home folder, maybe the universe will come crashing on me but then I don’t have to mess with the usual creation of bash runner scripts in ~/.local/bin/.. to have it globally available. Including for things like update-alternatives that seem to want a global thing.

  1. [ Main docu for this is UnityLaunchersAndDesktopFiles - Community Help Wiki↩︎

  2. (learned it when it failed because of no sudo↩︎

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