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I am writing a document database using perlTk. Upon double clicking the selected file on my GUI I use xdg-open to use the default application to open the file. I am having some issues opening .odt files (openoffice I think) xdg-open Add_new_user.odt returns the error

gvfs-open: file:///misc/croc_common/computing/notes/Add_new_user.odt: error launching application: Failed to execute child process "openoffice.org3" (No such file or directory)

The command openoffice.org (no 3) on my system will open libreoffice.

When I enter xdg-mime query filetype Add_new_user.odt on the command line I get the following message which I do not understand application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text

How do I fix this issue? I am using redhat 6.4

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Try to re-assign default application for application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text :

xdg-mime default libreoffice-writer.desktop "application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text"
  • I get the error xdg-mime: malformed argument 'libreoffice', expected *.desktop. When I add .desktop the error changes to /usr/bin/xdg-mime: line 531: kde-config: command not found; mkdir: cannot create directory ': No such file or directory; /usr/bin/xdg-mime: line 542: /profilerc.new: Permission denied` - I'm using gnome. Prefixing sudo to the command also does not help – moadeep Mar 27 '13 at 11:21
  • It's weird. Try simply to change default file inside your gnome file manager. Or see explainations here – GHugo Mar 27 '13 at 11:55
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    @ both: There is no such file as libreoffice.desktop on any platform. The launcher is called libreoffice-writer.desktop so setting that as default for .odt files via gvfs-mime set or xdg-mime default should work. – don_crissti Mar 27 '13 at 12:04

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