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

From: Philip K.
Subject: Re: Updating dired-guess-shell-alist-default
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:38:47 +0200

Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> writes:

> Does xdg-open invoke different programs than what we have now in
> dired-guess-shell-alist-default?  Is there a way to know what it
> invokes for each file type?
> I mean, you said our current database is "not modern", so that
> probably means xdg-open invokes other programs, and I think it would
> be good to know the differences, so we have something tangible to talk
> about.

It will usually invoke whatever is the default on a given system, so for
a .pdf a GNOME desktop would use Evince while KDE would open it in
Okular. If a user changes their "preferred applications", xdg-open should
also change it's behaviour (hence the point with "configured outside of
Emacs" I mentioned before).

        Philip K.

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