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How to open files in Unix ?

 
nirjari patel
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We have application installed on Unix OS. Now when this app was on windows, I could browse files of this application using ms word and notepad. How to check files on unix ? Can I check these files in console only or is there some software available ? How to open these files ? In windows, I can open files using the word.

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What kind of file? If they are text, popular options are vi and emacs.
It would be a good idea to let us know what flavor of Unix you are working with and if you have a GUI, as that is optional in the Unix world.
 
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Since you mention Word, all the common word processing files formats can be opened with OpenOffice.
 
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From a command prompt there's a sort of general-purpose file viewer program named "display". It will select a program appropriate to the type of file it sees and launch that program.

On the GUI desktop, the opening mechanism is very similar to how Windows works. Actually one of my biggest complaints about the Gnome desktop is, in fact, that it has slavishly tried to copy how Windows does it. Including some of the uglier bits.
 
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