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Here's my situation:

  • New to Ubuntu (just installed 9.10 Karmic Koala 64 bit)
  • Purpose: to easily run PyCharm without too much typing (ie. cd... ./
  • Want to create desktop Launcher instead of terminal & typing (without resorting to the "Run in Terminal" option)
  • Tried to create Launcher to executes .sh script in Document directory
  • Right-clicked Desktop > Create Launcher
  • a. Type == Application; Browse > [insert absolute path to .sh script]; no luck
  • b. Type == Application in Terminal; Browse > ...ditto

I'm open to any other alternatives that involve as little typing as possible. I would like to just start Ubuntu, click Launcher icons, and have terminals spring to life, running the intended scripts.

Crazy? No. Lazy? Probably. Productive? Hopefully :)

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This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers. it – nvl Mar 24 '10 at 3:13
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You can create a symbolic link to pycharm your the /home/<youruser>/bin directory (you might have to create that directory first).

Afterwards, you should really check out Gnome-Do, a true productivity booster which requires very little typing :) You can install it via Add/Remove programs or just apt-get install gnome-do.

Once installed, just press Win-Space (this pops up the launcher), type 'pycharm' (or whatever name you gave the symlink in your bin directory), hit Enter, and you're good to go.

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Thank you! I am loving Ubuntu, and Ubuntu is loving me. – mkelley33 Mar 25 '10 at 15:04

You can easily create symbolic link like

sudo ln -s /path_to_pycharm/bin/ /usr/local/bin/pycharm

After this you can just type pycharm is app launcher, terminal, wherever!

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Just put the full path to the bash script in the command line for the launcher dialog.

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