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Comments: A Windows start alternative for Ubuntu


When developing software, mostly Perl programs, on Windows XP I use the command line a lot. And one of the commands I have learned to rely on is start. Now and then I have to open a certain directory in the explorer program, for example to drag and drop a zip file to Thunderbird in order to email it to a customer. And just typing start followed by the directory name does the trick for me. And, no surprise, start . opens the current working directory, and start .. its parent. Moreover, start somefile.txt opens somefile.txt, in my case, in TextPad, and start opens the URL in a browser, in my case Firefox.

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You should really use xdg-open instead. It's shorter and not dependent on gnome.

Posted by peterix at 04:25 GMT on 4 December 2008

Thanks peterix, I've added a note to the original blog post with your recommendation.

Posted by John Bokma at 18:34 GMT on 4 December 2008

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