[Python-ideas] Anyone working on a platform-agnostic os.startfile()

Miki Tebeka miki.tebeka at gmail.com
Sat Apr 28 00:52:17 CEST 2012

There's http://pypi.python.org/pypi/desktop/0.4, but it seems to be 
It provides a an "open" command.

On Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:21:10 PM UTC-7, Hobson Lane wrote:
> There is significant interest in a cross-platform 
> file-launcher.[1][2][3][4]  The ideal implementation would be 
> an operating-system-agnostic interface that launches a file for editing or 
> viewing, similar to the way os.startfile() works for Windows, but 
> generalized to allow caller-specification of view vs. edit preference and 
> support all registered os.name operating systems, not just 'nt'.
> Mercurial has a mature python implementation for cross-platform launching 
> of an editor (either GUI editor or terminal-based editor like vi).[5][6] 
>  The python std lib os.startfile obviously works for Windows.
> The Mercurial functionality could be rolled into os.startfile() with 
> additional named parameters for edit or view preference and gui or non-gui 
> preference. Perhaps that would enable backporting belwo Python 3.x. Or is 
> there a better place to incorporate this multi-platform file launching 
> capability?
>   [1]: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1856792/intelligently-launching-the-default-editor-from-inside-a-python-cli-program
>   [2]: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/434597/open-document-with-default-application-in-python
>   [3]: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1442841/lauch-default-editor-like-webbrowser-module
>   [4]: 
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/434597/open-document-with-default-application-in-python
>   [5]: http://selenic.com/repo/hg-stable/file/2770d03ae49f/mercurial/ui.py
>   [6]: 
> http://selenic.com/repo/hg-stable/file/2770d03ae49f/mercurial/util.py
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