a standard for the user's default terminal

Marcos bugshideout at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 22 23:11:00 EEST 2006


It would be interesting, if in a file manager one could right click on a folder and open the
terminal windows on exactelly that folder. Although a little bit biased, I can give you two
examples for that: 

a) "Open Command Window Here" for ms windows
Source: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders,
giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

b) The application that I am developing: TreeSize for Unix http://treesize.sf.net ( it currently
uses xterm to open terminals )

This is a feature that the beginner user would never use, but the power user would love.

Of course I could just keep opening xterm forever, but it would be much more confortable for the
user if his prefered terminal was opened.

Marcos Diez

> Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 20:50:18 +0200
> From: Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at gmx.at>
> Subject: Re: a standard for the user's default terminal
> To: xdg at lists.freedesktop.org
> Message-ID: <200610222050.23811.kevin.krammer at gmx.at>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> On Sunday 22 October 2006 18:17, Marcos wrote:
> > With xdg-open one can open every associated file and protocol with a mime
> > assosiation on the system.
> > Therefore one can type:
> >
> > xdg-open /tmp/sample_text.txt
> > xdg-open /tmp/photo.jpg
> > xdg-open http://blah.com
> > xdg-open /tmp  ( it summons the file manager )
> >
> > but... how can one open the default terminal ?
> > Is there a standard for this ? If not, don't we need one ?
> I don't think we need this. What would the use case be?
> Applications that really need a user to work in a terminal window can IMHO 
> assume that such an experience user can open a terminal or work within any 
> terminal the applications chooses to open.
> Cheers,
> Kevin

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