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GAPPLICATION(1)			 User Commands		       GAPPLICATION(1)

       gapplication - D-Bus application	launcher

       gapplication help [COMMAND]

       gapplication version

       gapplication list-apps

       gapplication launch APPID

       gapplication launch APPID [FILE...]

       gapplication list-actions APPID

       gapplication action APPID ACTION	[PARAMETER]

       gapplication is a commandline implementation of the client-side of the
       org.freedesktop.Application interface as	specified by the Desktop Entry Specification.

       gapplication can	be used	to start applications that have
       DBusActivatable set to true in their .desktop files and can be used to
       send messages to	already-running	instances of other applications.

       It is possible for applications to refer	to gapplication	in the Exec
       line of their .desktop file to maintain backwards compatibility with
       implementations that do not directly support DBusActivatable.

       gapplication ships as part of GLib.

   Global commands
       help [COMMAND]
	   Displays a short synopsis of	the available commands or provides
	   detailed help on a specific command.

	   Prints the GLib version whence gapplication came.

	   Prints a list of all	application IDs	that are known to support
	   D-Bus activation. This list is generated by scanning	.desktop files
	   as per the current XDG_DATA_DIRS.

       launch APPID [FILE...]
	   Launches an application.

	   The first parameter is the application ID in	the familiar "reverse
	   DNS"	style (eg: '') without the	.desktop suffix.

	   Optionally, if additional parameters	are given, they	are treated as
	   the names of	files to open and may be filenames or URIs. If no
	   files are given then	the application	is simply activated.

       list-actions APPID
	   List	the actions declared in	the application's .desktop file. The
	   parameter is	the application	ID, as above.

	   Invokes the named action (in	the same way as	would occur when
	   activating an action	specified in the .desktop file).

	   The application ID (as above) is the	first parameter. The action
	   name	follows.

	   Optionally, following the action name can be	one parameter, in
	   GVariant format, given as a single argument.	Make sure to use
	   sufficient quoting.

   From	the commandline
       Launching an application:

		   gapplication	launch org.example.fooview

       Opening a file with an application:

		   gapplication	launch org.example.fooview ~/

       Opening many files with an application:

		   gapplication	launch org.example.fooview ~/foos/*.foo

       Invoking	an action on an	application:

		   gapplication	action org.example.fooview create

       Invoking	an action on an	application, with an action:

		   gapplication	action org.example.fooview show-item '"item_id_828739"'

   From	the Exec lines of a .desktop file
       The commandline interface of gapplication was designed so that it could
       be used directly	from the Exec line of a	.desktop file.

       You might want to do this to allow for backwards	compatibility with
       implementations of the specification that do not	understand how to do
       D-Bus activation, without having	to install a separate utility program.

       Consider	the following example:

		   [Desktop Entry]
		   Name=Foo Viewer
		   Exec=gapplication launch org.example.fooview	%F

		   [Desktop Action gallery]
		   Name=Browse Gallery
		   Exec=gapplication action org.example.fooview	gallery

		   [Desktop Action create]
		   Name=Create a new Foo!
		   Exec=gapplication action org.example.fooview	create

   From	a script
       If installing an	application that supports D-Bus	activation you may
       still want to put a file	in /usr/bin so that your program can be
       started from a terminal.

       It is possible for this file to be a shell script. The script can
       handle arguments	such as	--help and --version directly. It can also
       parse other command line	arguments and convert them to uses of
       gapplication to activate	the application, open files, or	invoke

       Here is a simplified example, as	may be installed in /usr/bin/fooview:


		   case	"$1" in
		       echo "see 'man fooview' for more	information"

		       echo "fooview 1.2"

		       gapplication action org.example.fooview gallery

		       gapplication action org.example.fooview create

		       echo "unrecognised commandline argument"
		       exit 1

		       gapplication launch org.example.fooview "$@"

       Desktop Entry Specification[1], gdbus(1), xdg-open(1), desktop-file-

	1. Desktop Entry Specification

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