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Re: Updating dired-guess-shell-alist-default

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Updating dired-guess-shell-alist-default
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:19:16 +0300

> From: "Philip K." <philip@warpmail.net>
> Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:50:31 +0200
> I wonder if anyone else shares my point of view: while useful,
> dired-do-shell-command seems somewhat outdated. Certain file formats
> haven't changed much, and their handling is still ok (.patch, .tar.*,
> .sig) but especially image, video files and documents suggest tools
> that don't seem to be installed by default on most systems (xloadimage,
> xpdf, ...).
> Of course this can be mitigated by using dired-guess-shell-alist-user,
> but I think that this shouldn't be necessary. I usually just map all
> images, videos and documents to xdg-open, and changing the values to
> something like this wouldn't be bad a bad idea, if you ask me
> (especially because xdg-open doesn't block).
> So if not xdg-open (at least on GNU/Linux and other XDG-compliant
> systems), should the default value be changed to something that makes
> dired-do-shell-command more useful, out of the box?

Can you show a concrete proposal, like which file type would you
suggest to handle by what command?


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