[Pharo-dev] Missing documentation for Pharo Launcher on UBUNTU

kilon alios kilon.alios at gmail.com
Tue Apr 8 08:21:41 EDT 2014

No I see nowhere a Pharo Launcher icon.

In short I am completely unable to start Pharo Launcher,

this is the output in the terminal

"exloupis at exloupis-To-be-filled-by-O-E-M:~$ sudo apt-get install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 115 not upgraded.
Need to get 3354 B of archives.
After this operation, 27,6 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net/pharo/stable/ubuntu/ raring/main
pharo-launcher i386 2013.12.16-1~ppa1~raring1 [3354 B]
Fetched 3354 B in 0s (11,6 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package pharo-launcher.
(Reading database ... 376013 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking pharo-launcher (from
.../pharo-launcher_2013.12.16-1~ppa1~raring1_i386.deb) ...
Setting up pharo-launcher (2013.12.16-1~ppa1~raring1) ...

If this was Windows or MacOS I would agree that you could get away without
mentioning how to launch the app, though the majority of good documentation
usually mentions that. But this is Linux, a diffirent beast, it has 2 ways
of working its GUI that differs from linux distro to linux distro, in my
case Unity  and terminal usage. Till now I knew that pharo installed
through UBUNTU was to be used from terminal, now you telling me that there
is an icon that I should click. Its not hard to be confused.

Maybe the install failed, but if it did why it did not report any error ?

I also asked for the file list to detect the error and maybe launch the app

In any case I dont see any new icons created in the side bar (dock) and
search of "pharo" returns empty.

I am on UBUNTU 13.04 64 bit , I have installed pharo before via the PPA
method. I welcome any help :)

On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Sergi Reyner <sergi.reyner at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2014-04-08 10:05 GMT+01:00 kilon alios <kilon.alios at gmail.com>:
> I am following the documentation here
>> http://www.smalltalkhub.com/#!/~Pharo/PharoLauncher
>> and it sends me also there
>> http://www.pharo-project.org/pharo-download/ubuntu
>> then it says
>> "Just launch the Pharo launcher image using the platform-specific VM."
>> but there is no information how to do that.
> When I go to http://www.pharo-project.org/pharo-download/ubuntu I get the
> following:
> Pharo on Ubuntu
>> Installation
>> If you are an Ubuntu user, you can very easily install the Pharo. You
>> have to add the Pharo PPA (ppa:pharo/stable) and install the Pharo Launcher
>> by issuing these commands:
>> $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pharo/stable
>> $ sudo apt-get update
>> $ sudo apt-get install pharo-launcher:i386
>> If you don't have the add-apt-repository command, install the
>> 'software-properties-common' package and try again.
>> If you are on a server (no GUI), you can get a Pharo Virtual Machine by
>> installing pharo-vm-core.
>> Details
>> The following 3 packages are provided:
>> - pharo-launcher: the main entry point for nearly everyone.
>> - pharo-vm-desktop: if you want to handle your images manually.
>> - pharo-vm-core: if you are on a server with no GUI.
> Presumably you get a Pharolauncher menu entry after that. To me it´s not
> necessary to be more specific, if one can´t figure out how to launch a
> program through the menus there are probably some concepts to learn before
> getting into programming. But that´s just my opinion.
>> There is also no information about where Pharo Launcher installs and what
>> files it installs. Not good :(
> There is no information about that for the other platforms either. To me
> it doesn´t seem important, and since we´re dealing with packages, the
> package manager should be able to tell you what files are installed where.
> Having that written in documentation makes it yet another piece of
> documentation that needs to be maintained.
> Cheers,
> Sergi
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