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Re: [O] bug#14605: Problem with export an .org file to .pdf does not ope

From: Suvayu Ali
Subject: Re: [O] bug#14605: Problem with export an .org file to .pdf does not open pdf file
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:14:56 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2012-12-30)

On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 02:29:00PM +0200, Carsten Dominik wrote:
> >> On Sep 19, 2013, at 4:25 PM, Suvayu Ali <address@hidden> wrote:
> >> 
> >>> I have some good news (sort of).  We can force generic open by calling
> >>> xdg-open like this[1]:
> >>> 
> >>> DE=generic xdg-open /path/to/file
> >> 
> OK, this sounds useful.
> Next question:  Maybe people who *are* on a Desktop environment will not like 
> it if we force DE=generic onto them as well?
> Or would't that make a difference?

I did some quick searching, this part is a bit murky.  The generic way
of setting up default application associations with mime types is
through desktop files and ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list.

Now XFCE and xdg-open both use this, I do not think this is true for
KDE, Gnome, or Gnome-like DEs though.  So for desktops that have their
own config system, it is possible xdg-open's generic and the desktop
specific preference might not match.

Some testing by other desktop users might be useful here.  Maybe Matt
and Glyn can help here (CC'ed).

To test:
1. open directory with pdf/html/odt files in dired,
2. put point on one of these files,
2. run asynchronous shell command: `& DE=generic xdg-open RET'.

Does it start your prefered application?  If not, we should drop this
idea.  If yes, maybe it is worth it.



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