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    opening file from panel

    I am trying to have a shortcut to a file in my panel. All I can get is the directory opened with the file highlighted. here is the command I put in the panel item.

    Code:
    file:///home/cmcanulty/Documents/file.txt
    I have tried nautilus and nemo. Thunar would actually open the file but now I can't install thunar, see below. I have tried installing the unmet dependencies but it just leads from one that won't install to another in dependency hell. I really like thunar and would like to install it. It ran fine until an update broke it. Nautilus finds no broken packages.


    Code:
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$ sudo apt-get install thunar.
    [sudo] password for cmcanulty: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     thunar : Depends: libexo-1-0 (>= 0.9.0) but 0.6.2-4 is to be installed
              Depends: libthunarx-2-0 (>= 1.1.0) but it is not going to be installed
              Depends: libxfce4ui-1-0 (>= 4.9.0) but 4.8.1-1 is to be installed
              Depends: libxfce4util6 (>= 4.9.0) but it is not installable
              Recommends: xfce4-panel (>= 4.9.2) but it is not going to be installed
              Recommends: thunar-volman but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    cmcanulty@darcytech:~$

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    Re: opening file from panel

    It would be nice to know what desktop your running. You can't just drag the file to the panel?

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    Re: opening file from panel

    If you're just setting up a launcher for a file you probably want something like this:
    Code:
    gedit ~/Desktop/file.txt
    Where gedit is the GNOME Text Editor (installed by default in Ubuntu) and the rest is the absolute location to the file you're looking to open.
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    Re: opening file from panel

    You can use the command
    Code:
    exo-open filename
    to open any file, and that file will open in whatever default is set for that file type. I am not sure if that works in all DEs, or just some of them. If you happen to be using XFCE you can also use
    Code:
    xdg-open filename
    but I believe that is just for XFCE, not the other DEs.
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    Re: opening file from panel

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    If you happen to be using XFCE you can also use
    Code:
    xdg-open filename
    but I believe that is just for XFCE, not the other DEs.
    It's not just for XFCE, it works for any DE which follows the XDG specification (which is all of them AFAIK).
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    Re: opening file from panel

    Sorry I am running 12.04 classic Ubuntu. Dragging file to panel does nothing.

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    Re: opening file from panel

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    Sorry I am running 12.04 classic Ubuntu. Dragging file to panel does nothing.
    I running classic and can drag a file. Where are you trying to drag it from?

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    Re: opening file from panel

    In 12.04 classic desktop you need Alt+Rt Click to add panel applets, and then add a launcher with the exo-open /path/to/filename command.
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    Re: opening file from panel

    Code:
    Could not open location 'exo-open /home/cmcanulty/documents/File.txt' operation not supported
    I substituted the real file name in the actual command

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    Re: opening file from panel

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    Code:
    Could not open location 'exo-open /home/cmcanulty/documents/File.txt' operation not supported
    I substituted the real file name in the actual command
    That is very strange!

    What happens if you try that command in terminal? It works fine in my Xubuntu 12.04, as does the "xdg-open".
    Last edited by ajgreeny; May 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 PM.
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