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Re: GNUstep equivalent to the "open" tool.


From: Gregory Casamento
Subject: Re: GNUstep equivalent to the "open" tool.
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 20:50:48 -0800 (PST)

--- Tom Hageman <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, 24 Mar 2001 18:37:50 -0800 (PST), Gregory Casamento wrote:
> > Under OPENSTEP4.2 and MOSX an applications supported extensions
> > are added to the "suffixes" database when the application is docked.
> 
> Actually, in NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP the app does not necessarily have to be  
> docked in order to collect its extension info.  (that would mean that only  
> documents associated with docked apps would be double-clickable, which in  
> light of the limited number of slots available in the NS/OS dock would  
> give rather a poor user experience.)

I can see what you mean.   In retrospect, I believe that you are correct.  I
did, however, see the suffixes file updated when I docked an app.   I'll have
to try this again to confirm what I saw.  
 
> In fact, what happens is that when the user logs in, or later chooses  
> "View > Update viewers" in Workspace, _all_ apps in a few known  
> directories, and subdirectories thereof, are scanned (by default ~/Apps  
> /LocalApps /NextApps /NextDeveloper/Apps /NextAdmin /NextDeveloper/Demos  
> on NS/OS; this could be changed by setting the ApplicationPaths default),  
> and their extension info is collected into the suffixes database.  This  
> database  is subsequently used by NSWorkspace to associate document  
> extensions with application paths.

We still need an equivalent to this database in GNUstep.   I don't think we
have one currently.
 
> > Since WindowMaker is being used to dock our applications how should we
> > provide similar functionality under GNUstep?
> 
> make_services might be a natural candidate, as it already scans the apps  
> for services info.

I wonder if this is where it happens under OPENSTEP.
 
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