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How does gnome know which applications support GIO and GVFS?

Example: I open a text file in gedit, gvfs is used transparently, but if I open it in kate (KDE equivalent), it will automatically map to ~/.gvfs/<path_to_file>

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The Exec= line from the application defines what it can handle.

Example: /usr/share/applications/gedit.desktop uses %U which means it can handle URLs so gvfs will be used

See http://standards.freedesktop.org/desktop-entry-spec/latest/ar01s06.html for details

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