Please support VectorLinux!

Author Topic: missing desktop icon for Google Earth - Solved  (Read 8258 times)


  • Vectorite
  • ***
  • Posts: 140
missing desktop icon for Google Earth - Solved
« on: September 17, 2008, 11:43:24 am »
I installed Google Earth and it works fine, but the desktop icon is missing.
How do I configure it ?
« Last Edit: September 17, 2008, 03:34:24 pm by mick12345678 »


  • Administrator
  • Vectorian
  • *****
  • Posts: 3781
Re: missing desktop icon for Google Earth
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 11:54:15 am »
Open your file manager as root and go to   /usr/share/applications/

Find the google .desktop file and right click on it an open it in an editor like mousepad.

It should look something like this...

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Google Earth
GenericName=3D planet viewer
Comment=Explore, search and discover the planet
Exec=/opt/google-earth//googleearth %f

What your interested in is the line that starts Icon=

There you need to make sure the path to the icon is correct.

Open catfish and search google  .png
Search the filesystem folder.
Catfish will locate the file and define the correct path for you, put that in the line that starts 'Icon=' in the .desktop config file.

This is all based on the assumption that you are using VL 5.9 gold.  If not please let us know the version you are using.
Hope it helps.

Vectorlinux screencasts and  tutorials can be found at....


  • Vectorite
  • ***
  • Posts: 140
Re: missing desktop icon for Google Earth
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008, 03:33:44 pm »
Thanks for the reply.

I followed your instructions, and all seemed to match...

So I deleted the desktop icon I had created and made a new one - this time it worked  ???

All's well that ends well  ;D