Fixing another GNOME gnuisance…
This used to be something that was super-easy using the
alacarte menu editor,
but unfortunately in their quest for ultimate simplicity, the GNOME designers
also like to strip out genuinely useful functionality.
Trying to get a new application to show up in the gnome-shell Activities view is something of a mystery, but menulibre aims to make this process much easier. Install it in Ubuntu 13.04 as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:menulibre-dev/devel sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install menulibre
The program itself seems to be pretty easy to use, and brings back the
alacarte functionality, while adding a number of additional features. Note,
you can also run the following command to do create a basic launcher (without
quotes), but I prefer the customization that menulibre makes so easy:
gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new "path to .desktop file you want to create"