shared-mime-info and desktops

Dan Book grinnz at
Wed Jul 15 21:01:37 UTC 2015

On Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Kevin Fenzi <kevin at> wrote:

> Greetings.
> For a while now it's been possible for desktops to have their own mime
> info (which is great), but it seems we have also gotten rid of the
> generic one, which causes some strange behavior:
> ie, /usr/share/applications/defaults.list no longer exists, and
> shared-mime-info ships just a:
> /usr/share/applications/gnome.list
> This leads to issues with tools that don't happen to be run under
> gnome. Of course other desktops can (and probibly should) make their
> own lists, but IMHO we should also have a generic one for tools not
> running under any particular DE.
> So, my questions:
> 1. Can we add back a defaults.list ?
> 2. Should other DE's ship their lists also in shared-mime-info or
> should they provide it as part of some other base package?
> On the one hand one place might be nice, on the other it would make
> shared-mime-info update more often and sometimes for things that don't
> affect you.
> Thanks for any thoughts...
> kevin
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Cinnamon and MATE ship mimeapps lists (though they weren't functional until
recently), and I am not sure if they are set up to work without the
defaults. I think it makes more sense for the DE-specific mimelists to be
shipped by the DE, and not a single package.
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