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Idea on how to improve cygstart
- From: SJ Wright <sjwright68 at charter dot net>
- To: Cygwin User Mailing List <cygwin at cygwin dot com>
- Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:30:36 -0400
- Subject: Idea on how to improve cygstart
Well, maybe there's a better word than "improve." Maybe "streamline"
would be better. Anyhow, here it is.
Allow users to create a list of paths to GUI apps they have on their
systems -- other than the selected Windows defaults -- and using either
aliases (like "monkey" for SeaMonkey 2.0 or "irfan" for IrfanView) or a
syntax similar to how ImageMagick used to work (library:filetype) when
converting files from one format to another, facilitate quick and easy
opening of files in applications Cygwin users would _prefer to open them
in, rather than the assigned default.
Should this prove to be too radical a re-working of cygstart, then
perhaps it's time to introduce another utility to perform the above
tasks, and have it install with Cygwin and update with upgrades. Maybe
call it "userstart" or "winstart" or something along those lines?
Unless I miss my guess, this might put Cygwin ahead of complete and
genuine Linux/Unix distributions such as Ubuntu, It's been my experience
with the latter that instead of system defaults, one only has recourse
on the command line to a spare list of GUI apps that open different file
types, and not all of them are "out-of-the-box" Debian or GNOME
installs, which puts one at a disadvantage (if only w/regard to the time
involved in doing "apt-gets").
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