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Cannot install in Linux Mint 19.1 Mate

#1

Dear Jopliners…I need your help. I’m a linux absolute beginner. It’s been days now that I can’t manage to install Joplin Desktop on Linux Mint 19.1 Mate.
I do the recommended script installation : wget -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/laurent22/joplin/master/Joplin_install_and_update.sh | bash

Everything seems fine :

“Linux installer and Updater
Download Joplin.
2019-03-01 22:07:27 URL:https://github-production-release-asset-2e65be.s3.amazonaws.com/79162682/ce51d480-3ae2-11e9-8c9b-32a92514ed65?X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWNJYAX4CSVEH53A%2F20190301%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20190301T210701Z&X-Amz-Expires=300&X-Amz-Signature=316107976e8b21bff386a9de2999390a9e8bd0995a5da33e3146a58072febe7c&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&actor_id=0&response-content-disposition=attachment%3B%20filename%3DJoplin-1.0.135-x86_64.AppImage&response-content-type=application%2Foctet-stream [107965720/107965720] -> “/home/omnivion/.joplin/Joplin.AppImage” [1]
OK
Download icon.
2019-03-01 22:07:28 URL:https://joplin.cozic.net/images/Icon512.png [28953/28953] -> “/home/omnivion/.joplin/Icon512.png” [1]
OK
Create Desktop icon.
OK
Joplin installed in the version 1.0.135
Bye!”

But then, there is no icon on my desktop and the app is not even in the list of the installed apps… :frowning:
I have to add that I had managed to install it several days ago and then I uninstalled it, in order to reinstall it a few days later with various methods. Did I mess something up? :-/
I really count on you. None of my friends is a linux fan…and I really like Joplin! :slight_smile:
Warmest greetings!
Dimitri

#2

Hi Dimitri,

It seems like Joplin isn’t creating a desktop file for you correctly. I think this is because you’re using the mate desktop environment. There is a line from the install script that I think you can run and it should set things up correctly.

echo -e "[Desktop Entry]\nEncoding=UTF-8\nName=Joplin\nExec=/home/$USER/.joplin/Joplin.AppImage\nIcon=/home/$USER/.joplin/Icon512.png\nType=Application\nCategories=Application;" >> ~/.local/share/applications/joplin.desktop

please copy and paste the above into your terminal, and then log out (and back in). Please let me know if this solves you problem. If so I can look into updating the script so this issue doesn’t happen again.

Also if you could run

echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP

That would really help me fix your problem.

edit: for reference here is a post i quickly googled that might help give you an introduction to .desktop files (which are very common and useful on linux). But I recommend you do a bit of reading on your own, you’ll find this useful as you continue to use linux :slight_smile:

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#3

Thank you very very much John! You saved me from serious IT headaches! :smile:
I know I have to do some reading…Our lives have become so busy! I just had enough putting off working with Linux. That’s how I learned windows too : by experimenting. By the way after the second code you proposed " echo $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP" the response was “MATE”. Thanks again for your help! Warmest greetings from France! :slight_smile:

#4

No problem Dimitri! Happy to help.
For your reference I have made a pull request with the necessary changes to fix this problem for you and others!

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