View Full Version : [ubuntu] GNOME: app that launches correct file handler?

August 27th, 2009, 07:20 PM

What is the program that launches the correct file handler for a given file in GNOME? I would like to use it e.g. in Thunderbird to say "Use the currently defined browser" instead of putting the link to the actual binary.



P.S. If you know what the correct syntax to use it is in TB, I'd like to know that too.

August 27th, 2009, 08:15 PM
If your Preferred Application is set as firefox, that should open in email message links. A similar situation will pertain for other file type attachments etc etc. Whatever is set to be the system default to open them should do it in emails, so for a file of a certain type, right click in nautlius, select the Open With tab and set your application there.

August 27th, 2009, 09:06 PM
Thanks. Your response turn on a light in my brain. The application I was looking for was gnome-open. When you give it a file, it figures out what it is and launches it with the correct viewer.