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

From: Matt Price
Subject: Re: [O] bug#14605: Problem with export an .org file to .pdf does not open pdf file
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:35:35 -0400

sorry, forgot to cc the group.

On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM, Matt Price <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM, Suvayu Ali <address@hidden> wrote:
>> 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.
> huh, I just tried it on a pdf file and an odt file, and nothing
> opened;vI just got a message that the process had finished, and an
> empty new Async Shell Command buffer.  Is it possible I'm using a
> nonstandard xdg-open or something, or that the problem is otherwise
> related to my system?  This is on ubuntu 13.-4, running unity.
> Thanks!
> Matt
>> Cheers,
>> --
>> Suvayu
>> Open source is the future. It sets us free.

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