With the recent release of the Scala IDE 4.3 it was time to download and upgrade my Ubuntu development environment. Long time ago, I could just run the Scala (or Eclipse) IDE from the command line (./eclipse) and then right-click the ? icon in the unity launcher and “Lock to Launcher”.

Sometime in 2011, an Ubuntu upgrade forced a different approach because using this default method, the Eclipse menu items were not visible. This seems to have been fixed but I still like my Eclipse menu on top of the Eclipse window rather than on the very top of the screen:

Combined menu

So I still use the following incantation in ~/.local/share/applications/scala-ide.desktop:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Scala SDK 4.3 
Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= /usr/local/scala-sdk-4.3/eclipse
[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window
Exec=env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= /usr/local/scala-sdk-4.3/eclipse

Then open with Nautilus and drag the Scala IDE icon to the launch panel:

nautilus ~/.local/share/applications

And then:

Scala IDE launcher