XDG, xdg-open, and view vs. edit

Pat Suwalski pat at suwalski.net
Mon Mar 30 07:34:13 PDT 2009

Daniel Bo wrote:
> That said, I wonder why the choice was to set a default application
> for opening when most file types have view and edit modes. Why are
> there not xdg-view and xdg-edit (or --edit and --view switches on
> xdg-open)?

My opinion is that it's because most programs don't differentiate 
between editing and viewing. You start the program with a file parameter 
and then you can do anything. In that respect, you're "Open"ing the file 
just like from the File->Open menu.


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