[Haskell-beginners] Start file with associated prog (windows only?)

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Tue Aug 18 11:07:46 EDT 2009

On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM, Bernhard Lehnert<b.lehnert at gmx.de> wrote:
> Hello list,
> I believe I am looking for a haskell equivalent to a python library
> function called os.startfile(...) which starts any given file with its
> associated program.
> http://docs.python.org/library/os.html#os.startfile says:
> "...this acts like double-clicking the file in Windows Explorer, or
> giving the file name as an argument to the start command from the
> interactive command shell: the file is opened with whatever application
> (if any) its extension is associated.
> [...]
> startfile() returns as soon as the associated application is launched."
> So to show a readme you just write:
> import os
> os.startfile("README.rtf")
> to show your programs documentation you just write
> os.startfile("documentation.pdf")
> and windows will decide which program to use to open a PDF.
> The must urgent thing I actually want to do is open an Internet Browser
> with my sponsors URL.
> Any good ideas?

Windows has a command "start" which you can use e.g. via System.Process.proc.


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