It is very simple to use:
(require 'run-assoc) (setq associated-program-alist '(("gnochm" "\\.chm$") ("evince" "\\.pdf$") ("mplayer" "\\.mp3$") ("evince" "\\.ps$") ((lambda (file) (browse-url (concat "file:///" (expand-file-name file)))) "\\.html?$")))
Then, you can run the associated program or elisp function in dired mode by Control-Return on a file or directory or you can run the program directly by M-x run-associated-program
Question : Gnome seems to register file-types with applications – any suggestions on how to exploit this to automatically open the file in the correct application ?
Answer : This might not always work, but I just hit
b in dired – it runs
browse-url-of-dired-file, which starts a web browser (or connects to an already-running one) and lets it choose the application.
Interesting, thanks ! I also found gnome-open, a command that seems to do what I want. I haven’t been able to run it as a background process from within emacs yet, but I will post a solution if I find it.
browse-url -*does it. It is an easier way to configure things than mucking about in the neutered gnome-control-center, imho.