[kwlug-disc] Linux 'equivalent' to Windows 'start' command.

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Thu Aug 15 16:57:25 EDT 2013

On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM, Adam Glauser <adamglauser at gmail.com> wrote:

> Another thing 'start' does, IIRC, is to open a file with the associated
> program based on the file extension. So 'start workbook.xls' would launch
> Excel, opening that file.
> The desktop environments I've used have some sort of file association
> list.  I wonder if they also have an "open with the appropriate
> application" command?
Previously, there were desktop-specific implementations: gnome-open, etc.
Luckily, that is going away, and `xdg-open` is now the proper way to do
this now. It also works for urls.

Chris Irwin
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