between google and firefox it's nearly impossible to get anything done!

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Mon Apr 15 11:58:33 UTC 2019

Tim here.  I suspect that it was missing the backticks.  Typing

  firefox "cat /home/jude/surf"

would send firefox to

whereas either the

  firefox "`cat /home/jude/surf`"

that you suggested or

  firefox "$(cat /home/jude/surf)"

(I prefer the "$(…)" notation because it nests more easily) should
expand the contents of the file into the string.


On April 15, 2019, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Apr 2019, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> > Thanks for the ideas, neither work.  Both get problem loading
> > url.  The first one tried to load too.  
> That shouldn't happen. Are you typing it correctly?
> Putting the cat command in accents tells the shell to add the
> output of the command to the command line.  so:
> firefox "`cat /home/jude/surf`"
> realy should work.   Certainly, the word "cat" should never reach
> the command line.
> Cheers,
> Geoff.
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