linux programs accessing non-linux programs

Giuseppe Pagnoni gpagnon at
Tue Oct 24 17:27:21 UTC 2006

Hi all,

I have been having trouble figuring out how to make linux programs 
(installed and running under /compat/linux) access other FreeBSD 
binaries that are *not* located under /compat/linux.  For instance, I am 
running linux-thunderbird and when I want to open a *.doc file 
attachment, thunderbird asks me which application I would like to use:  
I would like to point it to /usr/X11R6/bin/abiword , but unfortunately 
when I chdir to /usr/X11R6/bin in the dialog box, it goes actually to 
/compat/linux/usr/X11R6/bin (and abiword is *not* there).  Is there a 
way to make linux programs be able to jump out of /compat/linux/ when 
looking for helper applications?

thanks in advance for any advice


Giuseppe Pagnoni
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
1639 Pierce Drive, Suite 4000
Atlanta, GA, 30322
tel: 404.712.8431
fax: 404.727.3233 

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