Beamer, href{run:..., and Windows vs. Linux

Hash: SHA1

I've created lots of beamer slides that contained something like

\href{run:file.mdl}{See the model}

on Windows. If I click the text during a presentation, Windows looks at
the file extension and opens the file in the associated program
(Vensim's venple.exe, in this case).

I moved to Linux late this summer, and now I'm getting ready to do some
more slides (and reuse some old ones). Vensim runs just fine under
Wine, so I can, in general, open those files, but I'm not sure how to
associate the file with the application.

After a bit of searching and experimenting, I created a script based on
<>. That mostly
works: I can right-click on a .mdl file in Nautilus and select the
script I created to have Vensim open the file. I can create a launcher
and then drag a .mdl file to the launcher, and that works, too. I can
even run the script in bash with the file as the argument and have it

It doesn't work inside a PDF file. I have identified two problems:

- - If I associate the file with the script, Linux naturally associates it
by MIME type, not by filename extension, so it tries to open _all_
text files with Vensim -- not what I want.

- - Whether I do that or not, I can't make the 'href{run ...' work.

I just found a note and realized that .mailcap might be the right way to
go. Adding

text/*; wine /home/bill/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/Vensim/Venple.exe %s; nametemplate=%s.mdl

to .mailcap and saving it didn't seem to help, though.

Has anyone got any ideas how to make this work? I'd like the same
beamer PDF file to work on Windows or Linux (or the Mac, for that
matter, if it's possible).


- --
Bill Harris
Facilitated Systems Everett, WA 98208 USA phone: +1 425 337-5541
Version: GnuPG v1.4.6 (GNU/Linux)


Relevant Pages

  • Re: Right click on text vs. right click on hyperlink
    ... I were to do that the built-in Windows way, I have to go down about ... >> me to open in one step the editing page of any archive page in my ... >> contains the below Windows script. ... >> that url and opens the editing page. ...
  • Capture display on remote (linux) server from (windows) browser
    ... I want to run this utility from a windows web browser and display ... I connect to the linux server from my windows desktop using RealVNC ... It opens a display, captures the ... But when I run the script from windows web browser ...
  • PlainText ver - EXTREMELY USEFUL INFO - Printing Directory Listings
    ... Funny how often users need to do this, yet there's no simple way to accomplish the simple task through the Windows GUI. ... It would be nice to right-click on a folder in Windows Explorer and print a list of items in the folder, ... This is easy to do by first creating the following batch script using Notepad: ... This hack is cool, but it has a flaw when you implement it on XP: after you've implemented it, every time you try to open a folder using Windows Explorer, the Search Companion window opens instead of the folder you selected. ...
  • How to open mozilla window?
    ... recently I prepared script for my colleauges, ... This script generally opens two windows in IE browses to ...
  • Re: Future of IT in Lebanon
    ... working knowledge of Indian programmers DNA, nor of their intuitive Java ... > So Longhorn is not an experiment and Linux is an experiment? ... another chapter in the Windows story, and the Microsoft marketing machine is ... > application opens, Check the about, it says Microsoft Visual Basic 6.3. ...