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How do I launch the appropriate application for a file?
Submitted by turtlecove on Wednesday, 6 December, 2006 - 19:34
I am trying to write a macro that opens the file named in the selection with the appropriate application. For example, [mysheet.xls] would start Excel and open the file mysheet.xls, [mytext.txt] would open Notepad... I've tried sending the filename to cmd.exe, but that doesn't work. I've tried sending it to Explorer but that just views it in explorer. Here's what I have (not working properly):
  // launch app to open file NOT WORKING!
  /*
  os = System.getProperty("os.name");
  if(os.indexOf("Windows 9") == -1 && os.indexOf("Windows M") == -1) {
    comspec = "cmd.exe /C ";
  } else {
    comspec = "command.exe /C ";
  }
  */
  comspec="explorer.exe ";
  if (myfile.matches("[\\/]")) {
    command=comspec+myfile;
  } else {
    // handle relative paths:
    command=comspec+buffer.getDirectory()+myfile;
  }
  // Macros.error( view, "launching "+command);
  setAccessibility(true);
  runtime = new java.lang.Runtime();
  runtime.exec(command);
  return;


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