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Re: mailclient-send-it usage of browse-url

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: mailclient-send-it usage of browse-url
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 02:13:19 +0900

address@hidden writes:
 > >>>>> "Stephen" == Stephen J Turnbull <address@hidden> writes:
 > Stephen> There's a standard (freedesktop.org, IIRC) wadget called
 > Stephen> xdg-open, which may do the right thing.  If not, an RFE
 > Stephen> would be in order, I think.
 > Can you really rely on the freedesktop.org standards being ubiquitously
 > available on Linux systems?

No, but then the only thing you can rely on on "Linux" systems is the
Linux kernel; with libc variants and busybox, it's no longer the case
that you're even guaranteed the basic minimum of GNU userspace.  Even
with GNU/Linux, you know you'll have glibc, but you can't count on
bash, even.

So where xdg-open (or maybe xdg-email as cited in another post) works,
it is presumably the right thing to do.  If it's not there, then you
fall back to Plan B.

And who knows, if Emacs uses it, it might become an industry standard,
as well as a fd.o standard.

 > I do not know what a wadget is

According to Theodore Sturgeon, a [wadget] is "a [ ]ed, inefficient
[stone] age excuse for a [mechanism]".  Even if you don't read ancient
science fiction, the word looks unreliable, doesn't it?<wink>

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