kstart5 has some rather interesting syntax for one of its parameters:
Usage: kstart5 [options] Utility to launch applications with special window properties such as iconified, maximised, a certain virtual desktop, a special decoration and so on. Options: -h, --help Displays help on commandline options. --help-all Displays help including Qt specific options. -v, --version Displays version information. --author Show author information. --license Show licence information. --desktopfile <file name> The base file name of the desktop entry for this application. --!+command Command to execute --service <desktopfile> Alternative to <command>: desktop file path to start. D-Bus service will be printed to stdout. Deprecated: use --application --application <desktopfile> Alternative to <command>: desktop file to start.
This caused me a lot of headscratching until somebody online suggested me to escape the
! with a
\, which finally made it work.
But why on Earth does it use this strange syntax specifically for that one parameter? Why not simply call it
--command? The other ones use sane syntax such as
--application, so why
To make it clear, you literally have to run it like:
kstart5 --\!+command whatever. Why not:
kstart5 --command whatever?