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Re^3: Open a folder

by marto (Archbishop)
on Mar 21, 2013 at 12:14 UTC ( #1024732=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Open a folder
in thread Open a folder

So if you were using MS Windows I'd advise you to use something like start $directory, where $directory is the path you wish to open. Now depending on your window manager the equivalent method could be many things, for example for xfce xdg-open $directory, gnome-open $directory, kde-open $directory and so on. So you're going to have to figure out the details of the end user platform (unless this is for a specific target that you know about), and cater for each accordingly.

Update: you may want to play around with the following basic example:

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; my $wm = $ENV{'XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP'}; print "Window Manager: $wm"; # later on, call specific system command for the running window manage +r

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Re^4: Open a folder
by jethro (Monsignor) on Mar 21, 2013 at 12:29 UTC

    I'm using kde on opensuse and xdg-open works even in kde. So it might just suffice to check for availability of any of the mentioned programs and call it irrespective of the window manager actually running. It would probably be a 99% solution

      Thanks for the info. I guess it depends on the system in question, perhaps they're lucky and only have to target a specific setup. Failing that I updated my reply with an example of pulling the running window manager from the environment variable, then it's simply a case of catering for each valid response.

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