LinuxAdding Desktop Icons to sdkman managed packages
When you install package like jmc or VisualVM from sdkman, the installation is for your current user only, so it doesn’t create desktop shortcuts allowing you to start program from Gnome or KDE app launchers. Unfortunately this by design forces users to start application from command line, even when it’s a desktop application.
To fix it, and be able to run jmc from
F2 launcher you need to create your own desktop file like this:
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Name=JMC Java Mission Control Exec=/home/agilob/.sdkman/candidates/jmc/current/bin/jmc %U Terminal=false Type=Application Icon=/home/agilob/.sdkman/candidates/jmc/current/JDK Mission Control/icon.xpm StartupWMClass=JMC X-AppImage-Version=current Comment=Java Mission Conrol Categories=Development;
JMC and VisualVM come with their own icons in candidate directory, so let’s trust it will always be there.
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open [Desktop Entry] Name=VisualVM Exec=/home/agilob/.sdkman/candidates/visualvm/current/bin/visualvm %U Terminal=false Type=Application Icon=/home/agilob/.sdkman/candidates/visualvm/current/etc/visualvm.icns StartupWMClass=VisualVM X-AppImage-Version=current Comment=Java Visual VM Categories=Development;
Now, these two files need to be saved in
/usr/share/applications and you’re able to start JMC from