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update-alternatives arguments - <link> and <path> can't be the same

I want to add vimb to the default browsers in x-www-browser. I don't see it in update-alternatives --config x-www-browser, so I think I have to --install it. After some time spent in reading man ...
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How to set the default program to open a certain file type in a certain folder?

As well as being a Panda I am also an artist, I make my artwork mostly in GIMP and save my pictures to a certain directory on my computer. However I have a slight inconvenience because I save my ...
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Google Chrome does not open links from other applications [duplicate]

When I click on links in mails or Twitter, my default browser, which is Google Chrome, opens, but it always only displays the Google Chrome welcome page, not the link. I found that this is set in my ...
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How to set default program via config file (and have it run automatically)?

On GNOME under Ubuntu 14.04, I need to set the default program to be launched when a blank CD is inserted. However, this must be done by modifying the appropriate configuration file -- I cannot use a ...
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How to change default application for xml files?

I have Ubuntu 15.10 So changing the default application for xml files gets immediately overridden by the default browser and does not keep the changes. How do you set Gedit as the default ...
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How to change a file's default program

I accidentally set a .desktop file to always open in kate, and meant to execute it. How do I change the default program? Sorry if this has been asked before or is an easy fix, I am fairly new to ...
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How to make “open in terminal” in the right click menu use terminator instead gnome terminal?

I have set the default terminal emulator to terminator using update-alternatives and I can open terminator now with ctrl-alt-t but when I use the right click menu on the desktop or in a folder it will ...
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how to associate a file type “sh3d” with an application Sweet Home 3D?

I installed Sweet Home 3D from Ubuntu Software Center. Application is shown in a list of installed aplication and it could be run from launcher. Default file type of the program is ".sh3d". Ubuntu ...
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Determining non-base install applications?

I'm typically booted to Lubuntu. As I find myself using AskUbuntu more and more, I find myself further and further from the stock installation. I prefer to give complete answers. I do not want to tell ...
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How to set vlc to be the default player for .avi files

I'm using ubuntu 15.04. I installed VLC and want it to be the default player for all video files including .avi files. I tried all the recommended methods but nothing works. Here is what I already ...
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Open directory with an item selected

What I want to do is, open default file browser(nautilus) with an item selected. i.e From Google chrome > Downloads, if I click show in folder, it should open default file browser with downloaded ...
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How to report a bug of default “Document Viewer” in ubuntu 14.04?

I have been using a default "Document Viewer" in ubuntu heavily in last 2-3 weeks. I have noticed an irregular behaviour while adding a bookmark of particular type. I am pretty new to ubuntu ...
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What is the default software to play single audio files?

As far as I know, Ubuntu ships Rhythmbox as the default proper music player for a library collection. What is the default software to play single audio files straight from a folder? By default, ...
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Making file size-dependent editor (for the same mimetype)

I have some really large files in my drive as Data. My default editor is gedit. I wish to know if I can change my default editor to something else like say glogg, for files above a certain threshold ...
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What is your favorite HexEditor? [closed]

What are the most available open source GUI hex-editor for the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Desktop? I have HexEdit running on OS X, and am looking for something similar. A bit more modern perhaps, with good ...
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Can't change PDF default

Up until yesterday my default PDF viewer was evince. Today, I tried to open a PDF and it opened with ImageMagick. I am trying to change it back to evince but with no success. What I 've tried: ...
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Change default applications? [duplicate]

I want to change my default applications in an easy way. Is there any kind of GUI method of changing the applications that open certain MIME types? I know how to change the x11 alternatives, can I add ...
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Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files?

TL;DR - Which program to use for viewing mulitplex jpg and mp4 360x360 photosphere files? Bublcam provides http://www.bublcam.com/products/bublcam Photosphere Videos and Photos in Multiplex format as ...
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How to check the default handler for a specific file type in Terminal?

I often come across file types which I am not sure of, but yet need to open, but as I don't know what the default file handler on my system is for that specific file type (and sometimes the file ...
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How to automatically lock screen on closing the lid and keep programs running (not sleep) on HP Laptop

I wanted to keep my apps running but get the screen secured when I close the lid. I did not want to get into sleep mode as this blocked my downloads and my running music. Also, I was lazy enough that ...
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How to open a file in default application but don't open a new instance if not necessary

What's the command in Ubuntu Linux that's equivalent to open and open -n in Mac OS X? In Ubuntu, I usually use gnome-open file xdg-open file to open a file with the default program/application for ...
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Files starting with a comment have the wrong mime type

In Ubuntu 14.04 I have a directory with a set of LESS files, all with the .less extension. All but three of the files show a mime type of plain text document (text/plain) under Properties > Basic. The ...
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Default Program Selection

I have to justify why my question is different to the answer someone linked. Basically if you go to system > details > default apps, this sets the default app for ALL video file types as opposed to ...
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“chsh: invalid option — 'l'”

I have installed Zsh via running: sudo apt-get install zsh Using the following guide for installing Zsh provided by oh-my-zsh I attempted to set it as my default shell, namely I ran: chsh -s ...
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how to start hbase master using java code in ubuntu

We made a .bat file by using the following code #! /bin/sh /home/burhan/hbase-0.94.15/bin/start-hbase.sh /home/burhan/hbase-0.94.15/bin/hbase shell The above code is run ...
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How do I set Thunar as my default file manager in 15.04?

I would like to set Thunar as my default file manager in 15.04. Now, I realize that this question is very similar to Trying to set Thunar as a default file manager in Ubuntu 12.04, but I have tried ...
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How to set terminal application (joe, nano, vi) as default desktop text editor?

I would like to know, how can I set a terminal text editor as a default desktop application? I want to double-click file and open it in terminal editor.
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What is the default PAGER used by man pages?

What is the default PAGER used by man pages. I,e what is the program runs the man pages? It look some like more or less. I'm sure it's not more since more doesn't support reverse backward.
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How to make Synaptic the default to install .deb files? [duplicate]

I have tried a lot and Ubuntu software center crashes the most when installing .deb packages with it. And I would like to make synaptic package manager as the default to open .deb installation files. ...
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How to set default program to open specific file type

I wish to set the default program to open .jpg files and other image files to GIMP. To do this as said in one of the answers here, I went into this section (Right-click > Properties > Open ...
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apt/services running in the background

Why do developers run apts in the background when they are not needed. This is really a memory hog, I like to call on my apts when I need them. I am running lubuntu 14. How do I keep from running ...
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how to enable 'Default Applications' on system settings>>details

anyway i have read previous thread related with this problem that setting default applications on System settings->Details->Default applications won't work and you have to manually set your default ...
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Why do PDF documents open with ImageMagick?

Query shows evince is my default handler. But, double clicking a pdf file opens ImageMagick. A pdf file's Properties shows ImageMagick as the default handler. Why is this happening ? After ...
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Is there a way to open .et files with 14 04 LTS?

I have just come over to Ubuntu and I am very pleased with it. However I have a very important file that I backed up from windows and I am unable to open it. It is an a .et file created by Kingsoft ...
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Make shell script default to run file extension

I'm trying to make the default application for .asm file extension to be a shell script that I made. Basically I have a .sh script that runs MIPS Mars and I want to make it the default application to ...
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How to open folders with `nemo` by clicking on folder icons on the desktop handled by nautilus or directly within nautilus?

My aim is to replace nautilus with nemo from universe in ubuntu devel (currently vivid) using unity. I am close to this goal, after reading about DefaultFileManager from ubuntu help and this or this ...
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Prevent standard users from seeing and running some apps

How to control just some apps to be available on other accounts, Not all of them?
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Is it possible to set a portable application as default?

Just curious - but not only that. (More on the motivation in this question: Is it possible to install (have ready for use) different versions of VLC?.) That is, I have found a portable apps source ...
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Setting python IDLE as default editor for python scripts

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I have installed both python 2.7 and python 3.4 . I have tried everything here How do I set IDLE as the default editor for Python scripts? but its not working. Can ...
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Make Gmusicbrowser default music player

This program doesn't appear in the "Default applications" > "Music" menu at "System settings" > "Details". I know that is posible to manually set every audio format to open with it. But is there a way ...
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Default program for downloading torrents changed, can't download

I was having no trouble downloading torrents with the default program in Ubuntu 14.10, Transmissions, but then I changed something, don't ask me what, and now it defaults to Videos, which of course ...
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How to open .doc file using king office writer as default?

I downloaded King's Office .tar.xz file. Extracted it. I am able to run writer and open files by browsing for the .doc file. I am not able to set the default application to king wps(writer) for doc ...
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Cannot change association for mp4 video files to custom .desktop

I cannot set default association of mp4 and avi files to my custom desktop files. For mkv, I can change from nautilus file>properties>open with tab. This is a video of the peculiar behavior that I am ...
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How can I open gliffy diagrams by double clicking?

I installed a program "Gliffy" as a Google Chrome app. It saves it's diagrams as *.gliffy files. I'm wondering if I could set things up so that I can double click on this *.gliffy file and it opens ...
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How to set mplayer as the default video application in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS?

I added a new entry under ~/.local/share/applications as suggested in another discussion, and it now shows up in the contextual menu: However, while in the previous versions of Ubuntu, you could ...
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How select between multiple programs with same name for linux shell?

I've already installed an old version of mysql server into my linux system using repository in /usr/bin path. Recently I upgraded it to latest version using linux binary package (with no installer) ...
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Set Tor Browser as default browser?

I would like Ubuntu to automatically use the Tor Browser as its default browser. As it launches from the script start-tor-browser and is perhaps not truly "installed" in the same way as Firefox or ...
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How do I set gvim as default application? [duplicate]

I compiled and installed vim 7.4 in Ubuntu 12.04. I want to set gvim as the default application for all text and C/C++ files. I tried : Right click > Open With Other Application. But couldn't find ...
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Change the default editor when sudo visudo

When doing sudo visudo, the default editor is nano. I want to change it to vi or vim. I already made vim be the default application to replace gedit upon opening php, plain text, c and h files, by ...
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How do I change which application opens xml documents by default?

I am on 14.04 and want to set a custom application (subtitleeditor) to open xml files. This question does not apply to me: How to set default program? because not matter what I do, the default program ...