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Old 11-27-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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Make "xdg-open" the default action when X bit isn't set

Let's say you have a PDF file in your home folder. You can use "xdg-open" to use the default application to open it, like this:

xdg-open ./monkey.pdf
If I try to just execute the PDF in the same fashion as an executable file, then I get this:

$ ./monkey.pdf
bash: ./monkey.pdf: Permission denied
I wonder...... if....... there's any way to configure the terminal so that it gives special treatment to non-exectuable files?? For instance, I want to be able to just type the following:

and have it behave as though I wrote:

xdg-open ./monkey.pdf
Any ideas?
Old 11-27-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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I just do
open() { command xdg-open "$@" & }
in my .bashrc and leave it at that.


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