MIME type is a standard way that computers use to refer to the file-type/format

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Where are file associations stored?

How does Ubuntu or any other Linux systems store file associations? Is there some /etc/asscociations file or something? I know that I can right click on file and change it via "open with", but I'm ...
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Remove Wine's Notepad from “Open With” options

A few facts: I use Wine. Wine ships its own version of Notepad. For some files, this copy of Notepad has somehow become associated. There is no possibility of me ever actually wanting to open anything ...
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How to play a webm video file?

I have tried vlc, Banshee and Totem but none of them recognize the webm format. Even the system does not recognize its mime-type. How do I play it ?
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How to prevent Wine from adding file associations?

Wine automatically adds certain mimetypes and file associations (e.g. notepad.exe for .ini files). There already is an answer that explains how to remove these associations. But how can one prevent ...
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How do I change the icon for a particular file type?

I'm trying to change the icon for application/x-hwp files. I've added the icons to the proper places, and checked it with assoGiate (after reading this thread). It shows that my desired icon is ...
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Where is “open with…” in Nautilus?

In Ubuntu 11.04 I usually edit my *.fig files by clicking on the icons. The application (script) which opened the file was texfig. This script was chosen by "open with..." in nautilus. But now there ...
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Why does update-mime-database complain about uri/rtspt and other unusual types?

When running update-mime-database - usually automatically launched by apt-get - why do I reliably get complaints like: Unknown media type in type 'all/all' Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles' ...
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Double-clicking on .md or .mkd or .markdown files doesn't open them in ReText but in the default text editor

I installed ReText 3.1.3* and all suggested dependencies on Lubuntu 12.10 using apt-get. If I run touch ~/Desktop/abcd.md, and subsequently double-click on abcd.md in PCManFM or on its icon on the ...
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What is the relationship between MIME types and File .extensions?

I may have the wrong idea here, but I thought that: MIME types are identifying codes, embedded inside a file. File .extensions are idenifying codes, suffixed to the file's name. I thought, from ...
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How to get the mime type of a file from the command line?

I'm trying to get the mime type of a file from the command line as a printed string (eg. application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet). I looked up how to do this and found the xdg-mime command. ...
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Firefox application associations not working

No matter what changes i make to file associations (actions) in the 'Applications' tab in Firefox, they're totally ignored. For example, i set .wmv and .avi files to open with 'smplayer' but when i ...
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How to change handler of APT: URLs?

In Firefox on a fresh install of 10.10 when visiting apt.ubuntu.com/p/banshee (for example) I get prompted with the following window: However, I was under the impression that apturl was supposed to ...
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How to make my application accept folders from Unity Launcher?

When dragging a file, all the entries on the launcher that are able to open that file stay lightened while the others fade. As far as I know, this is based on the Mime Types specified on the .desktop ...
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How do I set Gnome's default open behavior for file types?

I'd like to set 10.10 to open MP3 files in Muinshee when I open them from a file manager. I don't really like Totem very much, and opening all of Banshee is a little bit too heavy for just playing a ...
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Why can't I make a file association in Nautilus?

After upgrading to 11.10, the association I had created to open SGF files with an application called quarry is lost. If I select Right-button->Properties->Open With... on an SGF file, quarry is not ...
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How are file-extensions/mime-types/icons/default applications asssociated?

Is there a way / application to add a file extension / mime-type to the system. What I want to achieve is: Have a default program for opening files of this type Have a special icon for this filetype ...
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Firefox's “Open folder” opens Gwenview

Upgrading to 12.04 caused some problems to my Firefox. It seems like that Firefox doesn't know how to handle downloads. After some researches, I've found this solution : Kubuntu 12.04 Firefox and ...
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'file --mime-type' and 'mimetype' Commands Returning Different Results

Hi I am trying to work out why PHP is returning an 'msword' file type when it should be 'excel' so have tested on my Ubuntu box using both the 'file' and 'mimetype' commands. As you can see from the ...
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How do I change the MIME type for a file?

I have a file that is formatted as a .doc, but Nautilus and LibreOffice insists that it is a .txt. Both precise and Ubuntu 12.10 are that way, but Google Docs can convert it (after playing with it). ...
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Add right click menus to nautilus without nautilus-actions

I want to know how I can add action when the user right-clicks on specific MIME-types or folders without the use of nautilus-actions. I would be happy if this was possible using Nautilus Scripts as ...
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File association to unlisted application

While browsing files in nautilus, I want to open a tex file with kile. But, when I get to a dialog similar to the screenshot below, I do not see kile. Yet, I see it in the "Open With" menu. How do I ...
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Kubuntu 12.04 Firefox and Rekong don't know how to open downloaded files

I just installed Kubuntu 12.04 beta 1. Both Rekong and Firefox don't know how to "Open Containing Folder" for downloaded items. They also don't know how open the item itself. (I'll give the specific ...
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How to change file association for files opened in Dolphin from command line in GNOME?

I would like to change several default applications for files opened in Dolphin. I know I could do it manually with kcmshell4 filetypes, keditfiletype or however else but is there a way how to change ...
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How to add a MIME type with a project created in Quickly?

I've built an application I want to release however I would like the files to open with the application. I have modified the .desktop file accordingly, however quickly seems to have no option for ...
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How do Nautilus media handlers work?

Nautilus has options for what to do when media devices are added. How does Nautilus know what applications to make available in these drop-down menus? How do applications plug themselves in to ...
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How to add MIME Type for the Apache webserver?

In ubuntu, i am running simple html page that can run mp4 video, i have configured Apache Server and have run simple test page for hello world, its working fine. In Apache Webserver i have read that ...
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Changing default applications doesn't work in system settings or on file types

Despite several attempts at a solution, I still can't change the default applications in Ubuntu 11.10. If I change them in system settings they revert back as soon as I close the dialogue. Next time I ...
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Mimetype mess after calibre installation. How can I fix it?

I always get text/plain or application/octet-stream when running "mimetype" on all file types. The command "file --mime-type" seems to identify correctly the different file types. For instance, if I ...
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How Do I Create Mime Types For New Documents (Command Line)?

How do I give my application's custom document a custom icon? Additionally, how do I make the file manager open these documents when a user double clicks on them? I have to do this on the command ...
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Broken file type associations after running update-mime-database

After running sudo update-mime-database /usr/share/mime my gnome doesn't recognize any file types anymore. In Nautilus all files are now text/plain type and all now open with gedit by default. ...
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How does Chromium pick a MIME-type handler?

Chromium doesn't seem to have any obvious MIME-type configuration settings, which strikes me as a little broken. My specific problem is that there are a number of filetypes that Chromium plays ...
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How to Enable dragging files on custom application on launcher?

In unity, we can drag files on application's button in the launcher to open that file with that application - however, looks like its hard to change default application. I use Komodo as editor, and ...
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How to associate all file types within Wine with its corresponding native application?

This is easily done for a single file type, as answered in How to associate a file type within Wine with a native application?, by creating a .reg for the desired filetype. But this is for AVI only. I ...
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Script to find executable based on extension of a file?

I need to create a script that returns the default app to be used for a given file extension (including the path). I had a look at the file command which can return the mime type and xdg-open which ...
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How to set icon for tex files?

In Ubuntu 12.04 with all mate, cinamon, gnome, unity desktops, the following issue: I use Latex frequently. My files end with extension .tex. The mime.types associated with tex is text/x-tex. The ...
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How to create new file without any default file type?

I am creating a new file either by using in terminal: touch newfilename.someext or in nautilus: File > Create New Document > Empty Document The file takes on the type "plain text document" ...
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Problem associating file type to application

I'm trying to make gpxviewer the default application to open .gpx files. The problem is that it doesn't appear in the "Open with" window neither I can add it. What I have tried: Using Ubuntu Tweak ...
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Web browser downloads only open target folders - cannot open files

After installing xubuntu packages in order to check xfce, I reverted back to gnome2. During the first login, I noticed that thunar was now selected as the default file manager. Preferred applications ...
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Can't Drag & Drop text to unity launcher (e.g. url's, highlighted text)

I'm trying to create a unity launcher icon (.dekstop file) on which you can drop any (selected/highlighted) text from a web browser, google chrome in my case. I know you can use the "MimeType=" key ...
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How to change mimetype image for PSD file (Photoshop)?

Following this link https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AddingMimeTypes, I first typed a command to discover the mimetype for psd extension ~$ grep 'psd' /etc/mime.types image/x-photoshop psd ...
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How to edit mime types on precise [closed]

In precise, when I try to change default icon for a specific file type with Assogiate, there is no effects; not even if I try this operation under root rights. Are there some workarounds known for ...
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How can I remove / change the “Open With” list?

I have one problem. Just look at image: So I want to remove one of Dev-C++ IDE and Microsoft Visual Studio Version Selector (I've tried to install Microsoft Visual Studio and it doesn't works,and ...
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Cannot change icon for a filetype

I am trying to change the icon for .py file. I referred: http://askubuntu.com/a/78645/78407 http://askubuntu.com/a/56725/78407 and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AddingMimeTypes Still no ...
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gnome-open confused: Could not display “/home/msw/anything”

My trusted friend gnome-open (which I call go for short) has ceased working. It interprets any argument given to it as a directory and will not recognize anything else. I have traced out the somewhat ...
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Files downloaded from my Ubuntu server appear to be treated as text, regardless of their type - How to fix?

I am running Ubuntu server 10.04.1 on an x86 box, and all seems ok, however, I have also installed apache2 and proftpd, and configured them as per documentation. I am having problems when I download ...
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What is the purpose of /usr/share/icons/gnome/scalable/mimetypes/?

Adding an Icon section in AddingMimeTypes has this: Now we need to associate an icon with the MIME type. Get an SVG icon and name it "text/extension .svg", or whatever your modified MIME type ...
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Setting the icon for my mime type [closed]

I've added my mime type to ubuntu by the .deb package. I made this file for sharedmimeinfo: http://paste.ubuntu.com/920693/ (I know the first row is wrong) I can't see the icon for my extension how ...
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Associate .mm files with Freeplane

I use Freeplane mind-mapping software. It creates .mm files which Nautilus reports as Troff MM input document. I want to be able to open a file with Freeplane by double-clicking it in Nautilus. I ...
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Where is the file used by file(1) and libmagic to determine mime types?

According to man 5 magic: "The file /usr/share/misc/magic specifies what patterns are to be tested for, what message or MIME type to print if a particular pattern is found, and additional information ...
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docx format opened simultaneously with LO writer and Kingsoft writer

im using ubuntu raring 64 bit now, i just downloaded kingsoft office for i686 arhcitecture, unfortunantely it seemed that i downloaded it wrongly (i downloaded the 32 bit rpm version!) and forced to ...