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There used to be an option for adding unlisted commands, but it seems to be gone in Unity. Does anyone know how to do that now?

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Switching to XFCE fixed the problem... :P – Andrea Nov 2 '13 at 14:10
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one can use mimeopen -d file to use a custom application on the cli. Afterwards it will be the default application [even from the Nautilus].

$ mimeopen -d file.txt

Please choose a default application for files of type text/plain

      1) notepad  (wine-extension-txt)
      2) gedit  (gedit)
      3) GNU Emacs 23  (emacs23)
      4) Other...

use application # 4

use command: nano

Opening "useful.txt" with nano (text/plain)

There are other ways you can find here

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