Bug 100862 - xdg-open does not open path
Summary: xdg-open does not open path
Alias: None
Product: Portland
Classification: Unclassified
Component: xdg-utils (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: high major
Assignee: Portland Bugs
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Reported: 2017-04-28 10:29 UTC by Manuel Schneider
Modified: 2017-05-09 10:01 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Manuel Schneider 2017-04-28 10:29:38 UTC
After a recent update of my system xdg-open randomly does not open paths.

It always prints "This tool has been deprecated. See 'gio help open' for more info." 

xdg-utils 1.1.1
gnome 3.24.1
Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2017-04-28 12:29:24 UTC
xdg-open on gnome3 tries the following tools in order:

gio open <path>

gvfs-open <path>

seems one or both of those aren't working properly for you?
Comment 2 Mark B 2017-04-29 23:32:36 UTC

I get this problem suddenly on Arch with GNOME 3.24.1 and xdg-utils 1.1.1-5.

You added commit https://cgit.freedesktop.org/xdg/xdg-utils/commit/?id=0d6eebb27c562e8644ccf616ebdbddf82d0d2dd8 last year to fix this but I guess the problem for us is that this fix is not in the latest xdg-utils 1.1.1 release from https://portland.freedesktop.org/download/

I.e. the latest release version of xdg-open does not use gio open.

Any plans to produce a new release?
Comment 3 Max M 2017-05-08 02:02:43 UTC
Hey Rex,

I can confirm what Mark and Manuel have reported and would like to underscore the importance of this issue. I'm using GNOME 3.24.1-1 and it seems that the 1.1.1-5 release of xdg-utils is not compatible with the changes.

The following warning occurs when attempting to use xdg-open on GNOME 3.24:

        This tool has been deprecated, use 'gio open' instead.
        See 'gio help open' for more info.

xdg-open fails to complete the action which breaks many applications, specifically that based on the Qt framework. 

This Reddit post has more information if you're interested: https://redd.it/689ev7

As Mark mentioned, a new release would resolve this issue excellently.
Comment 4 Rex Dieter 2017-05-08 12:32:22 UTC
1.  If gvfs-open doesn't work, that's a gvfs-open bug (are there any bugs filed or documented on this yet?)

2.  the xdg-utils "fix" is only really a workaround, to prefer gio instead, of course.

That said, I've historically never had any luck getting freedesktop.org admins to publish releases I make (but I'll try again), in the meantime, feel free to grab the latest (newly tagged 1.1.2) from
Comment 5 Rex Dieter 2017-05-08 12:39:17 UTC
yay, I found it, plopped the new tarball in the usual download place now.
Comment 6 Max M 2017-05-09 10:01:57 UTC

Thank you for an expedient resolution. The new release is already in the Arch testing repository. Keep up the good work!

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