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dex

 
DesktopEntry Execution is a program to generate and execute DesktopEntry files of the Application type. More information: https://github.com/jceb/dex.
 
  • Execute all programs in the autostart folders:
     
    dex --autostart
     
  • Execute all programs in the specified folders:
     
    dex --autostart --search-paths {{path/to/directory1}}:{{path/to/directory2}}:{{path/to/directory3}}:
     
  • Preview the programs would be executed in a GNOME specific autostart:
     
    dex --autostart --environment {{GNOME}}
     
  • Preview the programs would be executed in a regular autostart:
     
    dex --autostart --dry-run
     
  • Preview the value of the DesktopEntry property Name:
     
    dex --property {{Name}} {{path/to/file.desktop}}
     
  • Create a DesktopEntry for a program in the current directory:
     
    dex --create {{path/to/file.desktop}}
     
  • Execute a single program (with Terminal=true in the desktop file) in the given terminal:
     
    dex --term {{terminal}} {{path/to/file.desktop}}

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