[Techtalk] How to change Gnome's mimetype handling

Wim De Smet kromagg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 3 15:48:04 UTC 2007

On 3/2/07, Eeva Järvinen <eevaj at welho.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Does anyone know how, exactly, one edits the mimetype associations
> Gnome makes?  I just installed Kino from freshrpms into my FC6 system,
> and it promptly broke Realplayer mimetype associations in a strange
> way: Nautilus says that .rm files are, according to their content,
> text/plain and simply refuses to acknowledge they can be opened with
> Realplayer.  Or rather, I can make Gnome open text/plain -files with
> Realplayer, but then the s*/&%d thing wants to open _all_ text/plain
> files with Realplayer.
> It's not like this is the first time something like this has
> happened.  How do I fix it?  I've delved around the file system and
> looked all those wonderful .desktop, .application, .keys and .mime
> files, and I see there's a script called update-mime-database, but
> I can't find any documentation that would tell me how to mess about
> with this broken mimetype handling.  Does anyone know?

usually right click a doc of the right type, select properties, then
one of the tabs has the handler applications, you can pick the default

> (As an aside, I think Gnome is lovely on most days, but this mimetype
> handling sucks big time, along with editing of themes (or that you
> can't unless you're willing to read your way through reams of
> documentation (then again, now there is at least _some_ documentation
> besides GTK+ source code (and no, I don't want KDE.  If I have a
> really bad day with Gnome, I fire up twm and an xterm.)))

I agree, it's kind of windowslike.


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