I'm looking for the equivalent of this command:

xdg-open /home/file.txt

Not to open gedit, leafpad or kate, but to open a file manager, like nautilus, thunar or dolphin.

Is a such command exist ? Thanks

  • So you want it to open a file manager instead of the default program for the application when using xdg-open - why not use nautilus /home/file.txt? – Wilf Sep 4 '14 at 16:35

Not directly, but you can tell it to open the directory containing the file:

xdg-open $(dirname /home/file.txt)

Be warned that this may have unexpected results on occasion. After I installed links, this started opening links instead of nautilus.

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  • I'm using Kubuntu and the command has opened Kate, as I would like. I will try to code with this. – Guillaume Sep 4 '14 at 17:22
  • @Guillaume It opened Kate? I thought that wasn't what you wanted. – muru Sep 4 '14 at 17:26
  • Oh sorry, I would like to say "Dolphin" !! – Guillaume Sep 4 '14 at 19:37

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