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What's the command that, given a document name, will open it with the right application (i.e. an equivalent to windows start / mac os x open)

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marked as duplicate by Radu Rădeanu command-line Jun 21 '14 at 18:36

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By "document" I meant any non-executable file, including PNG, MP3, or whatever – Matt Gregory Jun 21 '14 at 15:35
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Try xdg-open file this should open the file with the correct program, that is defined via mimetypes

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Perfect! Thank you! – Matt Gregory Jun 21 '14 at 15:34

I think you mean Document Viewer. The command name is evince. Optionally with filename as argument. More at manpage.

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