The latest Ubuntu netbook edition (10.4) is organized in different workingspace (I am not sure what is the official expression for it) like “Favorites”, “Accessoires ” and “System”. I wanted to add an icon to the “Favorites” section to run a shell script that performs a backup. This can be done the following way:
- Go to the “System” workspace and open “Main Menu”.
- In there create new item e.g. in “Accessoires”.
- Give it a proper name like “Backup” or whatever your script does.
- Fill the “Command” field with something like “gnome-terminal -e ‘~/bin/my_backup_script.sh'”. (Please read the gnome-terminal manual if cannot guess what this does – “man gnome-terminal”)
- If you want you can also explain the script in the command field.
- To save and finish click “Okay”.
- Now you have created a new short cut. So go to “Accessoires” where the new icon should be found.
- If you hover the mouse over the icon a “+” symbol should become visible. If you click that sympbol the icon is added to your Favorites.