Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I wanted to follow these instructions from another thread about reading eBooks:

If you install calibre, and you just want to read a mobi file, then you can use the ebook-reader application that installed as part of the calibre package. To do this:

  1. Right click on the mobi file and choose "Open with other application ..."
  2. expand the arrow near the bottom that says "Use a custom command"
  3. in the text box that appears, type "/usr/bin/ebook-reader"
  4. tick the box that says "Remember this application for "Mobipocket e-book" files
  5. click on the "Open" button

Unfortunately, that feature has disappeared/isn't available in my Ubuntu 11.10 standard install. Please can someone help me with a Terminal command-line for this.

share|improve this question
Possible duplicate:… – zetah Jan 23 '12 at 15:06
not a duplicate. – Philip Livingstone Jan 23 '12 at 22:59
I want to use a CUSTOM COMMAND, and set the default ebook opening with the reader included with Calibre – Philip Livingstone Jan 23 '12 at 23:00
I was under impression that you are looking for "Open with other application ..." action, which was moved to other place as explained in linked question – zetah Jan 24 '12 at 0:25
application doesn't appear in list of apps, so I'm stuck... – Philip Livingstone Jan 24 '12 at 0:46

How about doing this in a terminal:

mimeopen -d

then select Other... from the menu.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.