[kde-linux] Help with desktop file, exec and PATH environment variable
kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Sat Jul 26 09:28:16 UTC 2008
On Friday 25 July 2008, jisaitua at covenco.cl wrote:
> I would appreciate if someone could help me with the following problem.
> I'm running kubuntu hardy (KDE 3.5.9) and this is the situation:
> - I have myapp in /usr/bin/myapp and in /opt/bin/myapp
> - I also have myapp_entry.desktop in /usr/share/applications with
> the Exec line as "Exec=myapp".
> - I added /opt/bin into PATH (editing /etc/environment). So PATH
> has the following:
> Now, when I launch "kdialog --msgbox `echo $PATH`" using ALT+F2 it shows
> When I launch "myapp" using ALT+F2 it runs /opt/bin/myapp as expected.
> But, and here is my problem, when I launch "myapp_entry" using ALT+F2 it
> runs /usr/bin/myapp and not /opt/bin/myapp as I would expect.
Depending on what the desktop-entry specification says this could be the
intended behavior, i.e. prefer the application on the same prefix as
the .desktop file over one in PATH.
For example in a scenario where you'd have myapp and myapp_entry.desktop both
in /usr/ and /usr/local, the respective menu entry would launch the
However my guess is that it is actually a bug, so I suggest you file a bug
report against kdelibs. Might be just in time for KDE 3.5.10
Would be interesting to know if anyone with a KDE4 setup can reproduce it.
Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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