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How to change my file/url association across all my DM/WM without using the GUI?

I have installed several Desktop Managers and Window Managers, and changing the file association can become a mess. I need some foolproof method which can allow me to change my user or system file ...
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How to find/remove file associations for a certain program in KDE

I had a program installed on my Kubuntu system that was able to open a lot of different graphics file types and registered as default program for many of those file types. I have unistalled the ...
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Where does firefox get the “default” applications for opening files from?

By default, the Firefox (33.0) on my FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT has the default application for opening PDF files set to Inkscape. Firefox does remember my previous choice, evince, in the “What should ...
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How an application is chosen over others to open a particular filetype in Linux

Earlier my text/xml files were by default opened by firefox I think. Not sure of this because I do not remember exactly. Then I think I installed geany and then my text/xml files were always by ...
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Files are opened by wrong applications if opened from a number of programs

History: I had problems with mime associations under Firefox. Firefox opened downloaded files with wrong programs. I deleted ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list and now it works. Now I noticed ...
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Reading file with different formats [duplicate]

I am a new user to Linux. I have several files and documents in my directory and sometimes when I want to read or display data in these files, I do not know which command I need to type for this ...
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How does Linux choose which application to open a file?

If a file tells the OS its file format, how does the OS choose which application to open it by default? In Windows, is the association stored in the registry table? How does Linux choose which ...
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How to find out which program can open a given file?

Let's say I have a file thesis.pdf or picture.jpg Is there a command which returns a program to open this file with? I am aware of the command file, but it just returns the correct type of the file ...
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Is there an “open with” command for the command line?

Does the command line have a way to get a recommended list of programs used to open a particular file, based on the file type? For example, a .pdf file would have an open with... recommendation using ...
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Open file with default program and wait until the app is terminated [closed]

I want to open a text file from the command line with the default application. During that time the default app is opened, the terminal must be disabled (cannot execute another command). For example, ...
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If I open the same file twice in Okular, switch to the existing window

I have always been confused why the file manager in Linux cannot stop applications from opening a single file twice at the same time? Specifically, I want to stop the PDF file reader Okular from ...
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Configuring Org-mode to open PDFs with evince

I'm starting to use org-mode to export text to LaTeX. My problem is that it opens the generated PDF with ebook-viewer (it is a EPUB, CHM reader) instead of using evince. Question Does anyone know ...
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ranger: open many files with mplayer

I use the file explorer called ranger and I wonder if it is possible to open many files in different directory with mplayer? What I can already do is to select all the files (pressing v) from one ...
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Use xdg-open to open a url with a new process

I'm starting to experiment with Crunchbang (which is based on Debian, and uses terminator) as a web development environment, and one of the things I am struggling with is the behaviour of xdg-open. I ...
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File extensions and association with programs in linux

In windows we can associate a file's extension with programs. E.g. a file test.pl can be run by the installed Perl interpreter due to the pl extension. In linux though it needs #!/usr/bin/perl as the ...
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Open any kind of application with BASH

I have made a Java program that could open any application. Suppose there is a file name "*.jpg", the it would allow the OS to recognize the type of application and then open the default application. ...