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Re: [O] use of 'system in ox-odt.el

From: Rasmus
Subject: Re: [O] use of 'system in ox-odt.el
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:18:09 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Matt Price <address@hidden> writes:

>> You are on Gnome, rt?  I think there is a long standing "bug" in
>> gvfs-open (which is called by xdg-open).
>> See the following:
>> http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-devel/2009-07/msg00279.html
>> https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=652262
>> I came across this a long time ago trying to investigate why xdg-open
>> didn't work when running asynchronously like your example.
>>   http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.help/93430

> I think those bug reports describe the problem precisely.  I am also on
> gnome and have much the same problem.

2 minutes research suggest that I cannot tell xdg-open to use another
backend other than through environment variables, viz. BROWSER, DE,
DESKTOP_SESSION.  Unfortunately, I was not able to make this work by just
setting the DESKTOP_SESSION in either the shell starting Emacs or via

So I guess on could use an xdg-open alternative or hardcode programs in


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