.desktop files (II): desktop shorcuts and X sessions
You can create a .desktop file to add a shortcut in your Desktop. You can also add X session options to your login graphical screen.
Just create a .desktop file in your Desktop folder:
# $HOME/Desktop/thunar.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=Thunar Comment=File Manager Type=Application Exec=/usr/bin/thunar
Then, mark it as executable (
chmod +x $HOME/Desktop/thunar.desktop). You can add an icon (
Icon=/path/to/icon). Icon path can be an absolute path or simply a filename if the icon file is inside
When you install a desktop environment or a window manager, it usually shows automatically in your login screen as an option. But if this does not happen, you can create a .desktop file inside
/usr/share/xsessions (you need superuser privileges).
# /usr/share/xsessions/xfce-custom.desktop [Desktop Entry] Name=Custom XFCE Comment=Run XFCE desktop environment Type=Application Exec=startxfce4
Then, logout to see the new session option.
Note for lightDM: if you see a wrench icon next to X session selection instead of the DE icon, check if the icon file (usually under
/usr/share/icons/hicolor/scalable/) has a filename like this:
<sessionname>_badge-symbolic and the
.desktop file has a name like this:
<sessionname>.desktop. Change one of the filenames to match.
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