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Create Double-Clickable Desktop Icon To Run Terminal Commands?

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JohnnyGalaga

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I’m running Ubuntu 20.04 inside of VMWare on a Windows 10 PC. I’m looking to create a desktop icon that you can double-click on to open a terminal window and run some commands. I believe this is called a “shell” file that ends in .sh? I’m new to Linux and am wondering if there’s a way to do this.
Basically, I want to double-click on a desktop icon and have it:
  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Run cd op25/op25/gr-op25_repeater/apps
  3. Run ./multi_rx.py -c hillsboroughwest.json -T hillsboroughwest.tsv -U -l http:0.0.0.0:8080 2> stderr.2 -X (this is a software application with command line arguments).
  4. Open a 2nd terminal window.
  5. Run cd op25/op25/gr-op25_repeater/apps/oplog
  6. Run ./oplog.sh (another software application that works with the first one).
This is basically for convenience so as not to have to manually do all those steps everytime. Thanks.
 

ihrsetrdr

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You can open a terminal in your Linux VM with the keyboard: ctrl + alt + t, or use the menu to find the terminal icon, which BTW can be placed on your Linux desktop as well.

Your .bash_history is stored in your home directory, you can use the up /down arrow keyboard keys to recall previous commands. I use that all the time, not wanting to type the same lines over and over. Although using "./" you've installed that software and wouldn't have to repeat that operation, unless I'm missing something.
 
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dfonda

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To add to Tim's excellent points you can make it a single click...not a double. I remember when years ago the memory of your past commands would get wiped on a reboot. Not sure if it stores them in a VM when Win reboots?
 
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JohnnyGalaga

JohnnyGalaga

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Yes, the up / down arrows do recall previous commands that were run in the terminal, even after re-booting. But actually, what I was hoping for was a way to create a desktop icon that is a text file that you can simply double-click on to run commands. For example, here's a file on the desktop I created call test.sh:

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Problem is, when I double-click the icon, it does nothing. It won't actually run the commands I've got in the file. In fact, it doesn't even open at all unless I right-click and choose Open With Other Application. I already have the box checked to Allow executing file as a program.
 

dfonda

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If you right click on the icon are there any selections like "Allow launching"?