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

Thomas Kluyver thomas at
Tue Dec 24 08:26:27 PST 2013

On 24 December 2013 15:06, Kevin Krammer <krammer at> wrote:

> > BTW, I happen to know one breakage caused by Linux not having open(1)
> like
> > OS X.
> Looks like the implementors either had not thought about cross platform
> integration or had no information about things outside the platform they
> are
> working on.

I think it would be beneficial for 'open' to work the way that people
writing scripts on OS X expect, i.e. an alias to xdg-open, because it's not
obvious that it is a platform specific thing.

Of course, you'd still need to consider cross platform compatibility for
Windows, but people are used to assuming that similar shell commands work
across posix-y platforms, while Windows is a very different ball game.

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