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There's a lot of tutorials on how to change the default text editor in Unity and Gnome. There's none for Xubuntu/XFCE.

How do I change all mousepad's associations to sublime text?

I know I could install Unity Tweak Tool, but that loads a lot of dependencies, including compiz. I don't want that.

I know I can right click a file and do "Open with". There's a lot of file types I am willing to change (ruby, php, html, css, js, coffee,...), so that's not the way either.

update-alternatives is not the way either:

There are 4 choices for the alternative editor (providing /usr/bin/editor).

  Selection    Path               Priority   Status
------------------------------------------------------------
* 0            /usr/bin/vim.gtk    50        auto mode
  1            /bin/ed            -100       manual mode
  2            /bin/nano           40        manual mode
  3            /usr/bin/vim.gtk    50        manual mode
  4            /usr/bin/vim.tiny   10        manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 
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If you do not want to install additional applications you will have to manually edit ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

Under the [Added Associations] section add:

application/x-perl=sublime.desktop
text/plain=sublime.desktop
text/x-chdr=sublime.desktop
text/x-csrc=sublime.desktop
text/x-dtd=sublime.desktop
text/x-java=sublime.desktop
text/mathml=sublime.desktop
text/x-python=sublime.desktop
text/x-sql=sublime.desktop
text/x-tex=sublime.desktop
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Thanks for that. Unfortunately those are not all ;) Is there a way to set it via a regex like text/.* or at least list all the text/ mimetypes? –  mreq May 3 '13 at 18:40
    
Not that I know of, you can try. –  bodhi.zazen May 3 '13 at 20:19
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There is also defaults.list - you can override any associations in /usr/share/applications/defaults.list in your own ~/.local/share/applications/defaults.list. Same principle for mimeapps.list. –  Bristol Jun 13 '13 at 10:53

Just to follow up on bodhi.zazen answer with a more complete file

[Added Associations] application/ecmascript=sublime_text.desktop; application/javascript=sublime_text.desktop; application/mathematica=sublime_text.desktop; application/x-chess-pgn=sublime_text.desktop; application/x-ccmx=sublime_text.desktop; application/x-ica=sublime_text.desktop; application/mathml+xml=sublime_text.desktop; application/sql=sublime_text.desktop; application/x-perl=sublime_text.desktop; application/xml-dtd=sublime_text.desktop; message/partial=sublime_text.desktop; message/rfc822=sublime_text.desktop; message/news=sublime_text.desktop; model/vrml=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-java=sublime_text.desktop; text/xmcd=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-vhdl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-subviewer=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-adasrc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-modelica=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-objcsrc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-ssa=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-mpsub=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-txt2tags=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-svhdr=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-verilog=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-troff-ms=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-mof=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-readme=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-uil=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-scheme=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-install=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-log=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-ooc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-uuencode=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-ms-regedit=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-ldif=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-mup=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-makefile=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-nfo=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-lua=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-pascal=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-cmake=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-dsrc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-rpm-spec=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-tex=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-markdown=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-microdvd=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-idl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-scala=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-setext=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-python=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-literate-haskell=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-copying=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-ocl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-dsl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-texinfo=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-dcl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-fortran=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-gettext-translation=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-erlang=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-gettext-translation-template=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-emacs-lisp=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-iptables=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-haskell=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-lilypond=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-patch=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-matlab=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-reject=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-tcl=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-svsrc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-troff-mm=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-moc=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-troff-me=sublime_text.desktop; text/cache-manifest=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-eiffel=sublime_text.desktop; text/enriched=sublime_text.desktop; text/htmlh=sublime_text.desktop; text/rfc822-headers=sublime_text.desktop; text/plain=sublime_text.desktop; text/troff=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-vala=sublime_text.desktop; text/css=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-c++hdr=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-c++src=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-chdr=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-csharp=sublime_text.desktop; text/x-csrc=sublime_text.desktop;

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up vote 0 down vote accepted

What actually helped was to uninstall Mousepad. I was not using it anyway. All the files are now opened in Sublime.

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