[Solved] Program launchers in XFCE

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[Solved] Program launchers in XFCE

Post by M_Mynaardt » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:34 am

Hi!

Just thought I'd give Linux Mint 9 XFCE a go on my netbook. Looks good so far. Except I've noticed you can't put a launcher icon on the desktop as easily as I would like. How do you go about that?
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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by Robin » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:44 am

As far as I know, the only icons available for the desktop in Xfce are Trash, Home, File system, and Removable devices.

Launchers for applications (like Firefox, Exaile, etc) go in a panel, not on the desktop. But you can have four panels if you like, top, bottom, and sides; and you can make them as big as you want. I use two - one on the bottom with launch icons for my favorite apps (and applets like weather and clock), and one "invisble-until-you-mouse-over-it" panel on top just for minimized stuff.

I like a completely clean icon-free desktop with a "dock" looking thingy to launch stuff from (the right-click menu is awesome in Xfce!). If you want launchers on the desktop space, LXDE does that. I created a Windowsy-looking "clickable desktop" for kids using LXDE. I simply opened PCManFM and dragged items from /user/share/applications to the desktop and dropped 'em there.

Looks kinda Win95ish, according to my big brother who used to use that, but it was intended for little kids to play with so it had to be "desktop-clickable."

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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by bobcollard » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:14 am

Right click the desktop, Create Launcher, Mostly self explanatory. There are icons you can use or choose your own from usr/share/pixmaps. It will come up on the desktop when you are finished.
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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by M_Mynaardt » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:06 pm

Hello there!

Okay, thanks for the information; I'll check out those two things and see what happens.

I'm still fairly new to the whole Linux thing...

The desk launcher icon thing; I take it you have to know the command to type in for a given application. Where would those be?

I stumbled on the panel thing earlier but didn't realize what it was for exactly. Naturally, now that I want to find it, I can't! Oh well, I'll figure it out! Learning pains, eh?
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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by M_Mynaardt » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:24 pm

I almost have it! I've figured out how to find the desktop launcher and the panel things. But what directories would I need to look for programs in to tell launchers what to launch?

I found usr/share/pixmaps no problem. Now all I need to figure out is where the program launchers are usually kept.

I did say I'm fairly new to Linux, did I not?
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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by linuxviolin » Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:10 pm

M_Mynaardt wrote:Now all I need to figure out is where the program launchers are usually kept.
In /usr/bin
M_Mynaardt wrote:to tell launchers what to launch?
For all apps in your path, /usr/bin, you can just write its name. E.g. for a Firefox launcher, just write: firefox, or firefox %u, without capital letter at the beginning. To verify the command you want to write, try it in a terminal before. If it launchs the app without problem then the command is good, so you can use it.
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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by M_Mynaardt » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:37 am

linuxviolin wrote:
M_Mynaardt wrote:Now all I need to figure out is where the program launchers are usually kept.
In /usr/bin
M_Mynaardt wrote:to tell launchers what to launch?
For all apps in your path, /usr/bin, you can just write its name. E.g. for a Firefox launcher, just write: firefox, or firefox %u, without capital letter at the beginning. To verify the command you want to write, try it in a terminal before. If it launchs the app without problem then the command is good, so you can use it.
Oh, cool! Thanks for that; I'll give it a go in a bit!

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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by kalwisti » Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:04 pm

Hi, M_Mynaardt,

In case you (or anyone else) is interested, I put together a brief how-to on adding a launcher to your Xfce panel. It is updated with screenshots from Mint 8 "Helena" Xfce CE, is 6 pages long and 481 kB in size. I placed a copy in my Dropbox Public folder:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7269942/xfce-launcher.pdf

(Hopefully this will work OK and can be downloaded without requiring you to register. I'm a new Dropbox user, so I may not have uploaded the PDF correctly).

Also, since you are a new Linux and Xfce user, you might find the articles linked below to be a gentle introduction to the Xfce Desktop Environment. PCLinuxOS Magazine recently published a three-part series of articles on Xfce. Most -- if not all -- the info in this series should apply to Mint's Xfce 4.6.1 as well. Maybe they will help you get your feet wet ...

http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201006/links.html
Issue 41 (June 2010) [Table of Contents]

http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201007/links.html
Issue 42 (July 2010) [Table of Contents]

http://pclosmag.com/html/Issues/201008/links.html
Issue 43 (Aug. 2010) [Table of Contents]

Magazine issues can also can be downloaded in PDF form:

http://pclosmag.com/index.php/downloads

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Re: program launchers in XFCE

Post by M_Mynaardt » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:08 pm

Hi All!

Well, I got the panels and all that working just fine. It took a little messing about; finding the right icon and the right executable individually, but that wasn't so tough. I didn't have that many panel launches to make.

But I will say I like the fact there's up to 9 different panels you can make, if you so wish. I made three auto hide ones on the top of the screen of my netbook: one for my Internet programs, one for system programs (TrueCrypt, Xarchiver, etc.), and another for my office software (Open office, editor, and address book).

Nothing too flash, but they work just fine! And that is a good thing!
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