I have a program (Guitar pro 6) that I want to associate to all .gpx files so that when i start such a file, it is started with that program.

Ubuntu 12.10 doesn't do that by default. It says it doesn't know which program to use and offers to identify that right program from a list. However, this program is not in the list. Not to worry: so I read in this post


How people solved this in 12.04 (By editing /usr/share/applications/Guitar Pro 6.desktop and adding %u to Exec= line.

However, in my situation (difference being the release level?) it doesn't work.

Any help is appreciated

Cheers, Mat

Update: I finally got word back from the GuitarPro support team:

"About the file association issue, this seems to be more related to your computer, there is not feature in GP that will allow you to correct this. You might have to set your Linux Window manager to correct this."

Well this is no help, obviously

Again: its an annoyance more then a huge problem but I'd still like to figure this one out. I'm running regular compiz window manager by the way.

Does anybody have any thoughts on how to fix this?


  • Select .gpx file>right-click>properties>Open with tab>search for GP6 executable. Dec 20, 2012 at 0:05
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    Thanks for the response Uri! But also in your way, I am only offered a list of applications. I can't browse the file system for an applications that is not in that list.
    – matv1
    Dec 20, 2012 at 21:32
  • Bunp! Still need help on this :)
    – matv1
    Dec 23, 2012 at 1:28
  • I didn't think this should have been that difficult. I did some more research and am now looking at xdg-mime and xdg-open. Does anyone have pointers on that? Does it work in Ubuntu 12.10 and how to use syntax?
    – matv1
    Jan 7, 2013 at 16:10
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    Well as is to be expected by now: It doesn't work. Well what it did is that when i rightclick a .GPX file , the menu now contains a line: 'Open with GuitarPro6' But when I click that, nothing happens. I seems to me this application launcher doenst except parameters. Anyway, I'm on a mission from god now to solve this so again: ANY HELP IS APPRECIATED.
    – matv1
    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:39


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