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gnome-open is typically used to open files from the CLI using their associated mime-type handler.

It doesn't appear to be installed by default anymore in 12.04. The errata has not been well documented or at least I have yet to find it.

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It appears that gvfs-open is taking over for the role of gnome-open in Precise and is installed by default.

xdg-open is also an option:

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