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DesktopEntry Execution
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README.rst

dex

Synopsis

dex [options] [DesktopEntryFile]...

Description

dex, DesktopEntry Execution, is a program to generate and execute DesktopEntry files of the Application type.

Options

Option Description
-h, --help Show a help message and exit
-a, --autostart Autostart programs
-c, --create PATH Create a DesktopEntry file for the program at the given path. An optional second argument is used to specify the filename of the created DesktopEntry file,or specify the filename - to print the file to stdout. By default a new file is createdwith the .desktop file extension.
-d, --dry-run Dry run, don't execute any command
-e, --environment ENVIRONMENT Specify the Desktop Environment an autostart should be performed for; works only in combination with -a
-s, --search-paths SEARCHPATHS Colon separated list of paths to search for desktop files, overriding the default search list
-t, --target-directory ENVIRONMENT Create files in target directory
--test Perform a self-test
-v, --verbose Verbose output
-V, --version Display version information

Examples

Perform an autostart/execute all programs in the autostart folders.

dex -a

Perform an autostart/execute all programs in the specified folders.

dex -a -s /etc/xdg/autostart/:~/.config/autostart/

Preview the programs would be executed in a regular autostart.

dex -ad

Preview the programs would be executed in a GNOME specific autostart.

dex -ad -e GNOME

Create a DesktopEntry for a program in the current directory.

dex -c /usr/bin/skype

Create a DesktopEntry for a programs in autostart directroy.

dex -t ~/.config/autostart -c /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/nm-applet

Execute a single program from command line and enable verbose output.

dex -v skype.desktop
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