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ubuntu 15.10 default editor doesn't work for sftp remote files

I installed a different text-editor in Ubuntu 15.10 but nautilus (and nemo) still open files with gedit... In the "file properties" -> "Open with" there is already setted as default. I'm trying to ...
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Changing default crontab editor

I am trying to change the default editor from nano to vim. I have run the following commands: sudo update-alternatives --config editor and update-alternatives --config editor Both now output: ...
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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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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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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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Why do the default Applications in Ubuntu always change?

In version 9.10 they replaced Pidgin with Empathy In version 10.10 F-spot was replaced with Shotwell In the next version Gnome will be replaced with Unity Rhythmbox will be replaced by Banshee ...
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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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How to assign a Vim as the default program for a file type and run it in maximized terminal?

I want to assign a terminal based program as a default program in Gnome Shell 3.2. I am running Ubuntu 11.10. More specifically, I want my .txt files to open in vim with maximized Gnome Terminal. ...
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How do I get Ubuntu to open folders with Nautilus by default?

After upgrading to Ubuntu 11.10, I once right-clicked on a folder and told it to open the folder with Movie Player ("Open with other application..."). No harm done there, right? Nope, now Ubuntu ...
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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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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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Did Ubuntu move from installing an MTA by default to not installing an MTA by default?

I recently set up a new computer with Ubuntu 11.04 amd64, set up as a desktop. I hadn't got around to setting up an email client to read system mail, and I was curious what unread mail might have ...
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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 can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim?

How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim? When I click on a text file, I want it to open in vim under the terminal instead of gedit.
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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 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 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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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 set default program?

Can anyone help me on how to set the default program that I use? I have tried to open System Info --> Default Program -> change my program, but it won't work, Any idea? Or should I use the Terminal? ...
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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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How do you set your Default Bittorrent Application?

Additional details are: OS = 12.10 Present Default Torrent Application = qBittorrent Preferred Default Torrent Application = Vuze My main area in of which I'm looking for advise is magnet links. ...
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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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How do I set IDLE as the default editor for Python scripts?

I would like to set IDLE as the default editor for python scripts, but when I click on "open with application" and hit the dropdown to show more applications it isn't an option. Here's exactly what ...
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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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how can I change file association globally?

gedit is set by default to open about any source file. I've gone through the file properties and changed default application to VIM for C and C++ files. I'd need to do this for any source file I open ...
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How to change default application if it is missing in “other applications list”? [duplicate]

I am currently trying to use texstudio as the default application for opening *.tex files, but I cannot change the default application associated with that file type. I tried to change it by ...
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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 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 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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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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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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Can Microsoft Access files be edit in Ubuntu?

I am planning on making a new system of 6 computers for an office and wanted to use Ubuntu as the main OS. Is there a program to either convert or be able to use those files so they can be used on ...
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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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Google Calendar as default handler of webcal protocol for iCal/ICS files

I would like for Google Calendar to open URIs with the Webcal (wikipedia) scheme (delivering ICS files), similar to how Gmail can be set to be the default handler for mailto: links. More ...
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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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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 do I change the default text editor?

How can I change my default text editor from gedit to Emacs?
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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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How to open jar file using open JDK?

I installed "open jdk 7" on ubuntu 13.04, but not recognized in "other application" list to set as default. I need to open a ".jar" file with "open jdk7". Please help.
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Why does Firefox try to use Gedit to open .deb files

I am running Firefox 15 on Ubuntu 12.04. If I go to a website with a .deb link, Firefox downloads the file, then tries to open it with gedit. If I use Nautilus to open the .deb file, it runs it in ...
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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. ...