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How to properly and easy configure `xdg-open` without any enviroment?

I'm using OpenBox window manager without any desktop enviroment. xdg-open behaves strangely. It opens everything with firefox. $ xdg-settings --list Known properties: default-web-browser ...
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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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Finding a file type assuming wrong extension

I have an image archive I keep up. Sometimes, the sites I pull them from reformat the file while keeping the extension the same, most often making PNG images into JPG's that are still named ".png". ...
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How to remove Notepad from the applications list?

After installing Wine, Notepad has became a default application to open unknown textual files by double click. I'd like to eliminate this behaviour and remove Notepad from the list of applications ...
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How can I determine a file's conventional filename extension

The file command is good at determining file types for my needs. Is there any way to map those results to conventional filename extensions?
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What could cause strange behavior in file(1) command?

What could cause file(1) command to output application/msword application/msword (yes, twice in a row) as the mime type for some of the .doc files? Normally it prints just application/msword. If run ...
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wget - How to download recursively and only specific mime-types/extensions (i.e. text only)

How to download a full website, but ignoring all binary files. wget has this functionality using the -r flag but it downloads everything and some websites are just too much for a low-resources ...
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Gentoo default application for opening files

On my Gentoo box running without a desktop environment, every time I try to open a file the system tries to open it with Firefox. I understand that without a desktop environment "open file" cannot ...
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How to fix xdg-mime for text formats

My xdg-mime makes mistakes. It recognizes an .html file containing Java code as a C++ file. I don't quite know the internal mechanism of xdg (eg. how it determines filetype). And I want to know how ...
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How can I configure OpenBox session for opening files by mime type?

I've started using OpenBox and I really like it. But my chromium opens everything with firefox. Is there any fix for that? I'm looking for most lightweight solution, but also with easy and fast ...
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How to tell mutt not to wait for an attachment program to return?

I use this line for images in my mailcap: image/*; eog %s &; but mutt immediately deletes the temp file and eog can’t load it. When I remove the & mutt waits for eog to be closed until it ...
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How to setup default browser?

How to change default browser for opening url-s ? For sanity check, I tried: xdg-open 'http://unix.stackexchange.com' And it opens in other browser. I found information about assigning ...
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How can I make chrome (stop asking to be) the default browser?

I am running Linux Mint Debian edition (essentially Debian testing) and the Cinnamon desktop environment. Every time I launch google-chrome it asks to become the default browser. I have told it to do ...
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How to set the Linux Mint desktop environment to use a mime type?

As a extension to this question: How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint? I'm using Linux Mint. I created a mime type. Now I want the desktop environment to use it. ...
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Script to list only files of type ASCII text in the current directory?

How to write a shell script which searches the current UNIX directory and returns the names of all files of type ASCII text?
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How can I find the application for a MIME type on linux?

Is there a linux API that can find the default application for a MIME type? Then I can use this application to open a file. I can not use xdg-open(url) because the file format is a wrapper format and ...
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“file” command confusing C & C++

When using file to check some file types, I noticed that it seems to incorrectly label C++ files as C files: $ file User.* User.cpp: C source, ASCII text User.h: C++ source, ASCII text User.o: ELF ...
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How to use Emacs to recognize and automatically open GPG encrypted file in ASCII armored format?

gpg -ca passwords.txt create encrypted ASCII file passwords.txt.asc. Emacs open the file as a normal text file: -----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.19 (GNU/Linux) ...
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Is there a glibc API that can find the default handing application for a MIME type on linux?

I want to find the default handling application in my C program. Is there a C API with same functionality as xdg-mime query default mime-type on Linux?
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Given a mime-type get the corresponding file extension

I want to download a file using curl to a temporary directory with the appropriate extension. Currently I do something like this: tmp="$(mktemp -t 'curl')" curl -o "$tmp" ...
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Where are recognizers for media types stored and how to add one?

When one writes a html file, linux can state that the MIME-type is text/html. How is this handled? Where are the "recognizers" stored? How can one add a MIME type with with an implemented recognizer?
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Items in context menu in Lubuntu

I am using Lubuntu 11.10. When I call the context menu (right click) many programs appear to open some file. For example, for .tex files, besides TeXstudio and Leafpad, Gnumeric (what a strange ...
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How to get the icon for a MIME type?

How to get the icon for a MIME type? I don't want to use g_file_info_get_icon() because its input parameter is a file, not a MIME type. My use case: I have a wrapper file which embeds a media ...
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Why are all files detected as application/octet-stream in nemo?

nemo sees all files as Binary (application/octet-stream), so these kinds of things happened: All files (.mkv, .mp4, .torrent, anything) lost their association to any program All .pdf files could not ...
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Open .desktop files in text editor by default

I wonder if it's possible to open files with the .desktop suffix in a text editor of choice by a simple double-click in a file manager. Even assigning the corresponding MIME type to a text editor with ...
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Can shared-mime-info associate a MIME type to a desktop applications?

I can add a new MIME type in shared MIME-info, but how can I associates this MIME type with an application?
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How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint?

I installed wxMaxima on my laptop a few days ago. The issue is that files with the extension .wxm, that are used with wxMaxima, are identified as a C source files. Therefore, when I double click on ...
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How to add mimetype bindings?

I got an error message when launching "xdg-open" , No applications found for mimetype: inode/mount-point How should I add a binding for "dolphin" ?
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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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Using Evince instead of Okular for Alpine (MIME configuration for PDF viewers)

Within Alpine, if I hit enter on a PDF attachment, my system brings up Okular. I would prefer if it brought up Evince, because that's the PDF viewer I normally use. How can I do that? This is clearly ...
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What tool to edit the /usr/share/mime/packages/freedesktop.org.xml file

I edited my /usr/share/mime/packages/freedesktop.org.xml (with a text editor) to modify the file icon of application/x-7z-compressed mime type : <mime-type type="application/x-7z-compressed"> ...
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Detect file-type with the help of magic-file and rename file-suffix accordingly

I have a folder (the iPhone Backup) with various files without a suffix. I want to run a batch process over these files, which detects each file's file-type (with the help of the magic-file database ...
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Fixing mime type on Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu 10.04. Sometime back after an update, all files in Ubuntu started showing a mime type of text/plain. This means that double clicking on any file opened it using gvim which is really ...
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Why does `xdg-mime query filetype …` fail to find a new added file type?

I installed a new file type to share MIME database. But xdg-mime query filetype cannot tell the new type. This problem only happens on my own Linux OS which does not use GNOME or KDE as its desktop. ...
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How is MIME type “text/html” registered to shared-mime-info? Where is its *.xml file?

On Ubuntu 10.10, which XML file under the directory /usr/share/mime/applications is for MIME type text/html? I checked xml.xml and xhtml+xml.xml, but neither has a glob pattern of *.html. So where is ...
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xdg-open just opens Nautilus

I'm running Fedora 20 with Gnome 3.12. Recently, I installed KDE via yum but decided to stick with Gnome. Ever since installing KDE, the xdg-open and gnome-open commands do not open files with the ...
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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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Why does xdg-open text_file differ from sudo -u me xdg-open text_file?

If I run the following command, the text file opens in my preferred editor (kate). $ xdg-open text_file However, if I try the following, where sparhawk is my username, I get several warnings, and ...
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gnome-open execute shell script

Is there a way to execute shell scripts automatically using gnome-open? If I call gnome-open script.sh in the terminal, the script opens in the default text editor. However the shell-script is ...
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Metadata for exchanging BSD mailbox files

The BSD mailbox format has, according to Jamie Zawinski, never been formally documented (see his anti-content-length rant), and does not have, as far as I know, any formal identifiers that may be used ...
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Change the default terminal for all .desktop files?

My htop.desktop launches XTerm, but I want to change the default terminal to xfce4-terminal in all "Terminal=true" .desktop files.
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Create new file type association

Let's assume I have a program X that uses files with the extension .xez. How can I make X the default application for all files with the extension .xez? My first idea was xdg-mime default X.desktop ...
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Where to submit new mimetypes?

I've defined new mimetypes with file suffix, where should I submit my work, so that it will be included in future linux/unix distros ?
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Sending HTML with Mutt (or another terminal mail client)

While I can find some scattered info on the topic, I can't seem to find a straight walkthrough (or even a definite answer)... Basically I'm too low on the totem pole to start sending plain-text ...
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Something like a symbolically linked file, but with change details attached?

Is there a file type or method for using files in which certain files look and behave like symbolically linked files, but contain extra meta information for changing the data when they are read? ...
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How to save “text/pdf” PDF files on the disk from an incoming mail in Mutt

I receive emails with PDF attachments that have the MIME type "text/pdf". This is obviously not good, but some mail clients are doing that... The problem is that saving such an attachment in Mutt ...
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`file` doesn’t show proper mime-type for .m2ts files

I need to define mime type of various video files and I got a problem with .m2ts files. Before I stumbled on this, I used file utility with -iL keys and parsed the output with sed. Today I found that ...
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What to do with a message/partial MIME type?

I used a copier/scanner to scan a document and email me the resulting image. It sent me several emails, each with a message/partial MIME attachment. mutt doesn't seem to understand these messages. ...
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xdg-mime not behaving

I am trying to set the default application for magnet links using: ~ $ xdg-mime default deluge.desktop x-scheme-handler/magnet Checking this with grep -i deluge ~/.local/share/applications/* ...
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Lynx is trying to unzip my downloads

I am having a problem with the Lynx text browser. When I try to download a some tar.gz files, Lynx is not downloading it. It is putting it in a tmp directory and then trying to unpack it with the ...