open(1) removed from Debian? (was: 'open' instead of 'xdg-open' for usability?)

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Tue Dec 24 06:14:58 PST 2013

Windows uses "start".

I honestly still feel the "open" command should be reserved for this.
Maybe we should make a recommendation to distributions, but leave the
choice up to them at least for the time being.
J. Leclanche

On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 2:11 PM, Sanel Zukan <sanelz at> wrote:
>> Fail to see the connection. I guess xdg, if it stands for X Desktop
>> Group, would be obsolete soon if people move to Wayland or Mir based
>> desktop.
> I doubt this will happen, for two reasons:
>  * there is code and software written using 'xdg' prefix
>    (e.g. xdgmime) so unless someone feels extremely boring to rename
>    all of that for the sake of new technology, better spent time on
>    something else
>  * how much Wayland/Mir will replace X, we will see. From my
>    experience, product that tries to fix too much and promises too
>    many things, well...
>> BTW, I happen to know one breakage caused by Linux not having open(1)
>> like OS X.
> Does Windows has open(1)? Looks like these days people like to buzz
> how OS X has this and that and we should have the same thing on
> Linux. Why not use OS X instead?
> Best,
> Sanel
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