Ivor O’Connor

August 2, 2009

Opening PDF Files From The Command Line In Ubuntu

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:28 pm

Ubuntu is soo buggy. It seems moody youngsters who don’t believe in testing their code have taken it over. Maybe BSD, Fedora, or CentOS would be better maintained. Currently using the default GUI file manager is problematic. One week it will move a file. The next week you have to press the shift key at the same time. Currently alt-f4 will sometimes disable the keyboard. My temporary solution? To use the CLI.
So how to open PDF files from the command line? With “gnome-open”. This begs the question on how to edit what gets opened with this command. (Since it’s not documented in the man page.) The solution is editing the file “/etc/gnome/defaults.list”. The file can be reset to the original defaults with “sudo update-desktop-database”. (I’d store a copy of the original file before doing this command.)

I see some people recommend setting up an alias for the command. Something like alias g=’gnome-open’


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