I'm not sure if this is necessarily an elementary issue or not, but I'm guessing it might somewhat be. I just installed Ghost's (Electron) Desktop App using Eddy (as I've successfully done with other apps) and everything seemed to install fine. However, when I click on the app icon in the dock the icon bounces up, but then nothing happens – no app loads up. Any thoughts on why that might be?

  • Could you run the app from the Terminal and check for any error logs?
    – Fultie
    Aug 8, 2017 at 14:42
  • @Fultie Okay, after getting around to figuring out how to use the terminal to do as you say (I'm a newbie), I was told No command 'ghost' found, did you mean: followed by a list of non-related apps. I did the apt list --installed command to check, and yes Ghost is in fact installed: ghost/now 1.3.0-1 amd64 [installed,local]. So I'm not sure if there's even any information available to relay to you.
    – Stromfeldt
    Aug 13, 2017 at 0:01

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Alright, so, this is an Electon/Ghost bug and it's documented here.

Some suggestions are

  1. Running Ghost from the terminal using sudo, you can do this by issuing this command:

sudo /usr/lib/Ghost/Ghost

  1. Changing the permissions for a particular folder which seems to be the origin of the issue, to do this run

sudo chmod -R +rx /usr/lib/Ghost/resources/app

The thing is, this didn't work for me. Running Ghost now without priveleges starts it but it comes to a halt after few seconds.

  1. Another solution (a very hacky, dirty solution):

If you want to avoid having to run Ghost from the terminal, you could do this:

Install gksu by running

sudo apt install gksu

then run

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gksu

gksu is a graphical interface that will ask for your password when running a program with admin privileges.

Next, create a .desktop file in the folder .local/share/applications named ghost-desktop.desktop with the following content

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=gksu /usr/lib/Ghost/Ghost
Comment=Desktop Client for Ghost

Open a terminal and run

chmod +x .local/share/application/ghost-desktop.desktop

Now the Ghost icon should show up on slingshot and you will be able to run it by clicking it. (you can also pin it to the dock)Slingshot show new Ghost icon entry

Password prompt from gksu

If I you ask me, I would just save myself the effort and just use solution #1.

  • Well whad'ya know, it worked, thanks! And FYI, yeah, I'm going to stick with door #1 lest I accidentally do something wonky with the hacky option and accidentally break things. And it's not as if #1 is all that difficult to perform until a more permanent solution comes along.
    – Stromfeldt
    Aug 13, 2017 at 10:54

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