xdg-open should allow user to force "desktop environment" detection

Bug #220774 reported by John Carlyle-Clarke on 2008-04-22
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: xdg-utils

The xdg-open code attempts to detect a desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, XFCE4, other) and choose a way of opening files accordingly.

Users of Fluxbox, Openbox and other WM's may have gnome-open or the corresponding KDE or XFCE components installed and may wish xdg-open to use them.

detectDE() could have code added to check for a variable - say XDG_OPEN_FORCE_DE - and use that value (kde, gnome, xfce, generic) instead of attemtpting a detection if it is present.

Changed in xdg-utils (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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