Drag & Drop from dash to Desktop broken: produces a unusable shortcut

Bug #872051 reported by Doug McMahon on 2011-10-10
This bug affects 10 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
unity-2d (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When dragging from the dash to Desktop a root owned shortcut is created
ls -la shows me as the owner, but properties does not

lrwxrwxrwx 1 doug doug 48 2011-10-10 18:37 chromium-browser.desktop -> /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: unity-2d 4.12.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: i386
Date: Mon Oct 10 18:47:01 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Beta i386 (20111007.1)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: unity-2d
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

Actually it creates a symlink, not a .desktop file. The symlink itself is owned by you - hence the `ls -la` result, but properties go deeper, checking the linked file props.

Doug McMahon (mc3man) on 2011-10-11
summary: - Drag & Drop from dash to Desktop broken: produces a root owned shortcut
+ Drag & Drop from dash to Desktop broken: produces a unusable shortcut
Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

It seems that we should copy and +x the file for it to work, that's what U3D does.

Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: delta-with-3d
Michael Foord (mfoord) wrote :

I assume this is why I get the "Untrusted application launcher" when I try to drag an application from dash to the desktop. (Actually when I launch a shortcut created by dragging from dash to the desktop.)

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

@mfoord: yes, that's the issue.

tombert (tombert.live) wrote :


I am running on Ubuntu 12.04.02 (latest) and since a few days this happening to me as well??
Before then when drag-dropping files from Dash Home it created a copy of the .desktop file in my ~/Desktop folder and gave it x permissions.
Now it creates symlinks which obviously does not work: no image is displayed and its not executable.

... wonder what I did to make this happen ??? ....


dinamic (dinamic6661) wrote :

i get this error http://i.imgur.com/TrNZbSd.png

i'm using Ubuntu 14.04

Adam Niedling (krychek) wrote :

dinamic: Unity-2d has been removed since Ubuntu 12.10:

Changed in unity-2d (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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