Author plakhotich
Recipients Arfrever, Hobson.Lane, Roman.Evstifeev, benjamin.peterson, cvrebert, eric.araujo, ganadist, giampaolo.rodola, larry, pitrou, plakhotich, r.david.murray, ronaldoussoren, rosslagerwall, smarnach, tebeka
Date 2018-01-17.23:05:43
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> tl;dr: shutil.whatever should call startfile(..., 'edit') or xdg-open; other actions implemented by startfile are not cross-platform.

xdg-open is just a shell script that calls desktop-specific launchers. The behavior of these launchers is very different when it comes to executables. There is no guarantee that calling xdg-open for a script will open it for editing.

For example, there are 3 launchers on my XFCE machine: exo-open (native for XFCE), gvfs-open (GNOME), and kde-open. When called with a .py script with shebang line and executable bit set, exo-open and kde-open open text editor, but gvfs-open launches the script. When called for a real exe, exo-open and gvfs-open launch it, but kde-open brings a message box saying that the exe will not be started for safety reasons.


The patch raises NoAssociatedApplicationError when xdg-open returns 3, but this error code actually means that a launcher was not found.
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