Adding custom launchers to Ubuntu Unity launcher bar

For Ubuntu (11.04) desktop, I like to have a custom launcher to start ‘gksudo /usr/bin/wireshark’ At this time, it’s aggravating to use the Unity launcher bar (until they get their act together). There’s no support to add custom launchers to the bar.

To get back the old method of adding custom launchers:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
gnome-desktop-item-edit –create-new wshark.desktop

Fill in the necessary fields to start wireshark and choose a program icon, if desired.

Open the folder containing wshark.desktop and double-click to run it.

After wireshark starts, right-click on the icon inside launcher bar and select ‘Keep in launcher’

Really, Ubuntu dev team??

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  • Travis Webb

    Nicely done. And I totally back your exasperated incredulity at the lack of this functionality. Thanks for posting.