create a desktop shortcut on linux

Hi,
How can I create a desktop shortcut to a script in the users dir from java?
would the easiest way be from using a runtime.exec("ln -s /home/user/script.sh");
If I have an .ico file that I want to use for the shortcut how can I set the shortcut to use it?

Thanks in advance,
Spunog
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petmagdyCommented:
Better trick:

Create the required Short cut with ur hand first and open the short cut file with VI and see if it the file can be created programatically, if it has a clear format
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spunogAuthor Commented:
Thing is I'm doing this as part of an install. FRom java, copy all the apps files to the user directrory and then create a shortcut in /home/user/Desktop. User shouldn't have to do anything.....
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petmagdyCommented:
no I mean the shortcut is a file that can be programatically generated if it has known format, so thats why I asked u to do it manually first to know how it look like
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spunogAuthor Commented:
Ok I get you now.
Files called : The Link.desktop
If I edit the file it looks like this:

[Desktop Entry]
Exec='/home/user/blah.sh'
Icon=exec
..
..

So If I create this file from java and write it to the users desktop , then hey presto. ???
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sciuriwareCommented:
For KDE look at $HOME/Desktop/*.desktop
The file has the basename of the shortcut.
;JOOP!
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sciuriwareCommented:
I hate slow lines ..................
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spunogAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot,

Spunog
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spunogAuthor Commented:
I have a small problem with this.
when the file is written to /home/user/Desktop it contains the same text as the manualy created link. However it does not work and when I look at the properties the os doesn't know its a .desktop file......   any ideas ?
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