Calling any text editor for any text file

Marcin Zajączkowski mszpak at
Sat Sep 22 21:31:35 UTC 2007

Ville Skyttä wrote:
> On Saturday 22 September 2007, Marcin Zajączkowski wrote:
>> Ville Skyttä wrote:
>> Does emacs graphical interface (doesn't need a console)?
> Yes.  It also starts faster than XEmacs and integrates better with the desktop 
> (at least look and feel wise) so I suggest trying it before XEmacs in the 
> script.

Ok. I don't know them. I prefer Vim :)

> Also, I don't know if XFCE comes with a text editor or a few, they could also 
> be added to the mix.

I asked my friend and he told me that mousepad (already on the list) is
a good choice for a try with Xfce.
But, Xfce users, other propositions for Xfce are welcome.

>> But if you know more programs (packagers) that have similar problem a
>> script could be enhanced to be more "powerful" :)
> I do see some general purpose use cases for such a script.

Thanks :)

>> Btw, is there a simple way to determine already running desktop
>> environment?
> One way is in /usr/bin/xdg-open, see detectDE() in it.

A nice hack :). But it probably works.
I will think about some optimizations.

>>> - Would be nice to have this kind of a tool in xdg-utils, eg. as
>>> "xdg-edit" or "xdg-open --edit".  Ask xdg-utils upstream?
>> Why not. I wrote it because that option was missing in xdg-utils.
>> But maybe I'm the only one who needs that functionality?
> I don't think so.  Additionally, I think this would be useful for other file 
> types besides text files for viewing vs editing, eg. image files.

xdg-open for open operation uses mime types and assigned application.
I'm not sure how application for edit operation should be defined/choose.


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