Every time I open a .csv file it tries to open in LibreOffice Calc which I don't want it to, so I changed the default program to Kate, and it updates the system preferences. But then the next time I open a .csv file (even the same one) it goes back to trying to open it in LibreOffice.

Is there a better way to update the file associations, or to stop LibreOffice overriding my preferences?

I'm running Linux Mint 15, Olivia.


  • A better way than what? – mikeserv Mar 30 '14 at 13:39
  • @mikeserv: Well the way I'm doing it is right-clicking on the file, -> open with -> choose program -> remember association for file type -> ok. This doesn't work. Is there a better way? – user63945 Mar 30 '14 at 13:48
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    Probably there are many ways, whether they'd be better I don't know, but I suspect the most universal would be with xdg-utils. Still I don't think that's the cause of your problem - I assume you're using the Cinammon desktop environment in Mint, which is Gnome based, and you're trying to associate a file with Kate - a KDE app - so it might be they just don't like each other. That's already more than I know on the subject, but maybe it will give you a feeling of what to poke at. – mikeserv Mar 30 '14 at 13:56

I had the same problem as you. I edited ~./local/share/applications/mimeapps.list and changed any instances of libreoffice-calc.desktop that I didn't want (all the .csv related ones) with kate.desktop.

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