Use xdg-open to avoid hard coding browser commands

xdg-open http://gmail.com
I rarely use the system menu to start applications. I use keyboard shortcuts instead. Keyboard shortcuts are convenient time savers. To configure the shortcuts I use gconf-editor or CompizConfig Settings Manager (if I have Compiz turned on). Lately I've been using Chromium as my browser. Since Chromium is under heavy development it occasionally becomes unusable and I have to switch back to Firefox. I was hard-coding the browser command in my keyboard shortcuts. This became problematic with frequent browser hopping. I now use the xdg-open command when defining my keyboard shortcuts. xdg-open opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application. In the metacity keybinging_commands I have xdg-open http://gmail.com where I used to have firefox http://gmail.com. Now when switching browsers I don't have to update each keyboard binding command I just change my default browser in Ubuntu by clicking through the menu: System / Preferences / Preferred Applications / Web Browser. xdg-open is more convenient for this browser hopper.

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By: PLA
2009-07-11 11:48:32

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NoahLarkins · 52 weeks and 5 days ago
LoL
NoahLarkins · 52 weeks ago
Why using this stuff? I would gently replace that with script with jaro, if you know what I am talking about. Another chance is that you can use a special file to redirect xdg-open calls to jaro. Just google for this content.
cryptolover · 25 weeks ago
Jaro? What the hell is that? I don't even know what you are talking about, to be honest. I never code anything myself. I have just going to go now and order these guys to create a forum for me. So what I really want to know is what you, as a visitor, would like to see on my forum? Would you like me to moderate you and how often? Just let me know about all your ideas.
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Perfecthomepugs · 12 weeks and 6 days ago
I would not recommend this software that you recommend. Constant updates are a skid in the ass. In general, entrust the development to the guys from https://expertremote.io/ and calmly go about your business while they are developing.
admhous · 7 weeks ago
I would not recommend this software that you recommend. Constant updates are a skid in the ass. In general, entrust the development to the guys from https://expertremote.io/ and calmly go about your business while they are developing.
admhous · 7 weeks ago

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