dex(1) DesktopEntry Execution


dex [options] [DesktopEntryFile [DesktopEntryFile...]]


dex, DesktopEntry Execution, is a program to generate and execute DesktopEntry files of the type Application.


-h, --help
show this help message and exit
-a, --autostart
autostart programs
-c CREATE [CREATE ...], --create CREATE [CREATE ...]
create a DesktopEntry file for the given program. If a second argument is provided it's taken as output filename or written to stdout (filname: -). By default a new file with the postfix .desktop is created
-d, --dry-run
dry run, don't execute any command
specify the Desktop Environment an autostart should be performed for; works only in combination with --autostart
-t, --target-directroy DIRECTORY
create files in target directory
perform a self-test
-v, --verbose
verbose output
-V, --version
display version information


Perform an autostart/execute all programs in the autostart folders.
dex -a
Preview the programs would be executed in a regular autostart.
dex -ad
Preview the programs would be executed in a GNOME specific autostart.
dex -ad -e GNOME
Create a DesktopEntry for a program in the current directory.
dex -c /usr/bin/skype
Create a DesktopEntry for a programs in autostart directroy.
dex -t ~/.config/autostart -c /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/nm-applet
Execute a single program from command line and enable verbose output.
dex -v skype.desktop