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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44368] Opening an Octave file via a desktop a

From: Carnë Draug
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44368] Opening an Octave file via a desktop application does not open file on Octave editor
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:50:30 +0000
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                 Summary: Opening an Octave file via a desktop application
does not open file on Octave editor
                 Project: GNU Octave
            Submitted by: carandraug
            Submitted on: Wed 25 Feb 2015 15:50:29 GMT
                Category: GUI
                Severity: 3 - Normal
                Priority: 5 - Normal
              Item Group: None
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
         Originator Name: 
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: dev
        Operating System: GNU/Linux



During installation, Octave "registers" as being able to handle Octave and
Matlab files.

This means that double click on a file with MIME type text/x-octave and
text/x-matlab will open on Octave session.  However, this will only execute
the file not open it on the Octave GUI editor which is probably what a user
wants. With the octave program now being both a language and an IDE, an
"--edit" option would be useful to do this.

Bug #42603 (GUI: allow opening an m-file in the editor of a running instance)
is related to this issue.  They solve the problem related on this bug by
having desktop applications opening files with 'octave --force-gui --persist
--eval "edit %1"' 

The same workaround can be used by having the following line on

Exec=/usr/local/bin/octave --force-gui --persist --eval "edit %f"

Or should we really get an --editor flag that could maybe even accept multiple


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