Re: Setting the startup directory when creating a link
From: imotgm (imotgm_REM_at_invalid-yahoo.com)
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 15:18:37 GMT
On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 18:18:31 +0000, Edward Diener wrote:
> imotgm wrote:
>> On Sat, 09 Apr 2005 20:52:33 +0000, Edward Diener wrote:
>>>>>>Desktop (click right)
>>>>>>--> Create New...
>>>>>>--> Link to Location (URL)...
>>>>>>Enter target file or chose it
>>>I am using Fedora3 and Gnome. So I need the equivalent to KDE's
>>>Windows-like link in Gnome.
>> Right click on desktop -> Create Launcher -> Type (dropdown menu) -> Link.
>> Name your link, then hit the Browse button to find what you want to link
>> to. Click the "No Icon" button, and find a icon you like, click OK.
> That worked. Thanks !
>> I don't use Gnome at all, but opened a Gnome session just for you. ;-)
>> After creating the link, I moved it to three different locations and
>> nested it three directories deep, and it still works, in all respects. For
>> some reason unknown, the links that I created in KDE work the same with
>> KDE, but Gnome falls over on them. The links created in Gnome work on both
>> Gnome, and KDE. Go figure.
On further review, by editing the link from KDE, the URL starts with
$HOME, whereas the Gnome URL starts with /home/user. Changing the $HOME to
/home/user does not make the KDE link work. However if after the change, I
right click and choose "Properties" the properties box opens. With no
changes, just closing the box, the link now works in Gnome. It still works
in KDE. Very strange.
> I see that the type under Gnome says a "desktop configuration file". As
> you say I can move it anywhere and it still works under Gnome. The
> amusing thing is that I can right-click the Desktop and choose Create
> Launcher but when I want to right-click a folder in the desktop, there
> is no Create Launcher menu item. So to create a launcher and put it into
> a folder which is on the desktop, I first must create the launcher on
> the desktop and then drag it to the folder.
In KDE, I can open a window to the location of the target, and another to
where I want the link. When I drag the target file to the destination
window, I get a menu, with options "Move" "Copy" or "Link". I choose
"Link" and the link is made. It works like the other links, and I can
move it anywhere, and it still works like the other links, all secondary
links still work. When I click it in Gnome, it opens the target, but all
secondary links do not function, because Gnome in looking for the
secondary links in the directory where the link is, rather than the target
directory. We're back to your original problem.
KDE treats both types of links the same. Gnome treats them as totally
different. I haven't found a "drag and drop" way of creating a link in
Gnome. I can right click on the target, choose "Make Link" then move it to
the directory or desktop and it works for the target file only; no
secondary links work, because Gnome looks in the directory of the link,
not the directory of the target. Sound familiar?
No, Ed, you are not nuts, the problem is real, and you have described it
quite accurately. ;-)
Switching back to KDE, the Gnome created link functions fully. All
secondary and tertiary links work.
Final conclusion is that the problem is in Gnome, not the link itself, and
To help you with this, on my KDE main menu, the third item from the bottom
is "Start New Session". When clicked on, a pop up explains:
You have chosen to open another desktop session.
The current session will be hidden and a new login screen will be displayed.
An F-key is assigned to each session; F7 is usually assigned to the first
session, F8 to the second session and so on. You can switch between
sessions by pressing CTRL, ALT and the appropriate F-key at the same time.
There are two buttons "Cancel" and "Continue". Clicking "Continue" puts
you at the KDM login screen, and you can login as a different user, the
same user, and a choice of any desktop that you have installed.
I haven't found this feature in Gnome. I know it can be done from the cli,
but do you know if this is available from the Gnome GUI?
Also, from any open window, in KDE, if what I want to do in that window is
quicker from the cli, there is a "Window" option on the menu bar, with the
option "Show Terminal Emulator" that opens a Konsol box in the bottom of
that window, already cd-ed to that window, ready for your command. Does
this also exist in Gnome, and if so, where?
When I said "I don't use Gnome", I really meant "I feel crippled in Gnome,
because I can't find some of the most basic, to me, functions, and things
like the link thing above, drive me nuts." ;-P