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

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Updating dired-guess-shell-alist-default
Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 05:26:59 +0300

> From: Yuri Khan <yuri.v.khan@gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2020 02:52:07 +0700
> Cc: "Philip K." <philip@warpmail.net>, Emacs developers <emacs-devel@gnu.org>
> On Wed, 8 Jul 2020 at 02:24, Eli Zaretskii <eliz@gnu.org> wrote:
> > 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.
> What xdg-open invokes depends on the installed applications and, if
> multiple applications are registered for handling a MIME type, on user
> preferences.
> On Windows, the closest analogy is file type associations via the registry.
> Both are better than a hard-coded list of applications that might or
> might not be installed on the user’s machine, and, if installed, might
> or might not be their preference.

Thanks, I think everyone agrees with these general principles.  I was
asking whether we have enough information to provide practical
solutions for Posix hosts that don't have xdg-open.

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