Let’s say you have a
.png file, a
.txt file and an
If you are using
Nautilus under Gnome), just double click, the program you’ve chosen for this type of file will be launched: a picture viewer for the
.png file, a text viewer for the
.txt file, and a multimedia player for the
Now, you’re using the console, and you don’t want to bother wondering which program you want to launch if you want to view a file. You can’t “execute” it either, because a
.png file is just not executable (it’s not a program nor a script!).
What happens when you double-click a file in Konqueror/Nautilus is : “okay, what’s the file type? got it, I will launch the right program and ask it to view the file”. There’s a way to do that using the console, too.
Without it, if you want to listen to your
.mp3 file, you can type:
$ xmms intro.mp3
But it implies you have to know each program name for each type file. Not very handy. Here comes the solution.
# Under KDE: $ kfmclient exec the_filename_goes_here # Under Gnome: $ gnome-open the_filename_goes_here
In both cases, the correct program will be launched to view the file, according to your KDE/Gnome preferences, yay! If you use this command often, you can set a shorter alias in your
.bashrc file (“kfmclient exec” is a bit long to type, and Linux is about efficiency, right?), adding the following line to it:
alias kx="kfmclient exec" alias gx="gnome-open"