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Author cvrebert
Recipients Arfrever, Hobson.Lane, Roman.Evstifeev, benjamin.peterson, cvrebert, eric.araujo, ganadist, giampaolo.rodola, pitrou, r.david.murray, rosslagerwall, smarnach, vstinner
Date 2012-04-23.18:45:38
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>> The semantics of "associated application" change considerably from
>> operating system to operating system.  As an example,
>> ``os.startfile("")`` will usually run `` in the Python
>> interpreter, while ``xdg-open`` it will usually open the source
>> code in an editor on Linux.
> Outch.  I think the behavior should be more similar than that, i.e. that the function should use startfile with the edit action on Windows.

It's a universal problem on all 3 platforms. Given a script file argument, a generic "open" (as opposed to "edit") procedure will either run the script or open it in an editor, depending entirely upon the user's system configuration. Same thing happens when double-clicking a script in the file manager, which is IMO what we're trying to emulate here.

It sounds like some people want a generic "(text) edit" procedure, which IMO is different enough to warrant a separate bug since there are different/more design issues to tackle (e.g. if someone edit()s an image file (or a file of uncertain type) on Unix, what application is opened, and how is that determined?). And no peeking at Mercurial's code; it's under GPLv2, whereas Python is under BSD/MIT-like licensing, making them incompatible.
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