I am using i3wm on an up-to-date arch installation, and I would love to know how to change the application to open for the save/open file dialog.

How to reproduce

  • If I open okular and select "Open File" I am greeted by an ugly file manager
  • If I click "save PDF" in chromium the same app opens up

What I have tried

  • set the default in exo-preferred-applications
  • set manually in every mime config file I could find on my machine (inode/directory=Nautilus.desktop;)
  • and a bunch of other fixes I found online
  • xdg-open and mimeo are opening the right app when opening a directory

I also have gnome installed on my PC, and when starting up chrome on this desktop manager it opens nautilus, so I think it might be handled by the desktop/window manager, thus i3 in my case.

  • I have the same problem (except that I have Nautilus and want Nemo) and it looks like what we're seeing is toolkit-dependent "file chooser" dialog window, and not an actual launched file manager window. According to the interwebz it is set and configured by the toolkit (GTK+, Qt...) and cannot be changed. – Deuxis Jul 3 '18 at 15:17

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