[CentOS] Starting a java applet from the desktop

Kwan Lowe kwan.lowe at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 15:17:19 UTC 2010


On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 9:46 AM, James B. Byrne <byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca> wrote:
> CentOS-5.4 i86_64
>
> I have a calculator applet on my desktop (superbcalc.jar).  When I
> double click on it I get no response.  If I right click and select
> open with java I get no response.  If I open a terminal window and
> cd to Desktop and type java -jar superbcalc.jar then the applet
> opens.
>
> Does anyone have any idea why I am seeing this behaviour?  There are
> no messages in the syslog file relating to this.

Easiest thing is to just create a shortcut that calls the jar
properly. The procedure depends on the desktop, but for the most part
it's just a rightclick on the desktop, then on the "link" field you'd
put in your command and the path to the jar.  I keep all my jar files
in ~/bin/java/jar and my shortcut does:

java -jar ~/bin/java/jar/myapp.jar


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