There are a few tools that open a file or a directory from the terminal. This commands can be very usefull and easy to use, if you alias them.
- gnome-open /path/to/file_or_dir
- xdg-open /path/to/file_or_dir
- okular /path/to/file_or>dir
Because okular belongs to KDE environment, you may not have it installed, if you are using gnome.
- In Debian / Ubuntu / Linux Mint : sudo apt-get install okular
- In Fedora / CentOS : sudo yum install okular
- openSUSE : sudo zypper install okular
Alias these commands, to type less:
alias go='gnome-open &> /dev/null &'
alias go='xdg-open &> /dev/null &'
alias go='okular &> /dev/null &'
I have redirected the stdout and the stderr to /dev/null (thrown them away) and used the & character to send the process into background.
$ go .
$ go /etc/passwd