File::MimeInfo::Rox - Open files by mimetype "Rox style"


File::MimeInfo::Rox - Open files by mimetype ``Rox style''


  use File::MimeInfo::Magic;
  use File::MimeInfo::Rox qw/:magic/;
  # open some file with the apropriate program
  # more verbose version
  my $mt = mimetype($somefile)
      || die "Could not find mimetype for $somefile\n";
  mime_system($somefile, $mt)
      || die "No program to open $somefile available\n";


This module tries to mimic the behaviour of the rox file browser when ``opening'' data files. It determines the mime type and searches in rox's Choices directories for a program to handle that mimetype.

See the rox documentation for an extensive discussion of this mechanism.


The methods mime_exec and mime_system are exported, if you use the export tag :magic you get the same methods but the File::MimeInfo::Magic manpage will be used for mimetype lookup.


The environment variable CHOICESPATH is used when searching for rox's config dirs. It defaults to $ENV{HOME}/Choices:/usr/local/share/Choices:/usr/share/Choices


mime_system($file, $mimetype, @_)
Try to open $file with the appropriate program for files of it's mimetype. You can use $mimetype to force the mimetype. Also if you allready know the mimetype it saves a lot of time to just tell it.

If either the mimetype couldn't be determinated or no appropriate program could be found undef is returned. If the actual system failes an exception is raised.

All remaining arguments are passed on to the handler.

mime_exec($file, $mimetype, @_)
Like mime_system() but uses exec instead of system, so it never returns if successful.

Returns the list ($dir, $file) for the suggested place to write new script files (or symlinks) for mimetype $mimetype. The suggested dir doesn't need to exist.


Please mail the author when you encounter any bugs.


Jaap Karssenberg || Pardus [Larus] <>

Copyright (c) 2003,2008 Jaap G Karssenberg. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


the File::MimeInfo manpage, the File::MimeInfo::Magic manpage,

 File::MimeInfo::Rox - Open files by mimetype "Rox style"