shared-mime-info and desktops

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> Message: 9
> Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:47:14 -0600
> From: Kevin Fenzi <kevin at>
> To: devel at
> Subject: shared-mime-info and desktops
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> 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 ? 

Yes, if desktop mimeapp.lists have higher priority.
> 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

Mate and Cinnamon desktop ships already their own mimeapp.list with a desktop package.


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