Showing a file in the file manager

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Thu Sep 22 06:09:42 PDT 2011

On Thursday, 2011-09-22, Jannis Pohlmann wrote:

> IMHO that's a bad idea. Bypassing DE-specific checks and forwarding
> straight to the FileManager1 service means that, on a multi-user system
> with multiple file managers installed, people may easily end up
> launching file managers other than the one they expect to see.
> The same problem occurs if applications start using the FileManager1
> service for opening folders directly (and other features that we might
> add to the interface in the future). Let's say a GNOME application does
> that and both, Nautilus and Thunar are installed. Which one is going to
> pop up? Is there any solution to this?

As long as none of the file managers installs a D-Bus service file for the 
given interface there shouldn't be any problem.
The call will either go to an already running file manager, which we can then 
savely assume to be the correct one, or fail.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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