shared-mime-info and desktops

Rex Dieter rdieter at
Thu Jul 16 17:33:52 UTC 2015

Kevin Fenzi 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 ?

+1 I'm in favor, but ship it as mimeapps.list to comply with modern related 
standards, see:

Proposal: ship a generic/default mimeapps.list initially based on content of 

I'm volunteering to maintain it if/when decisions are made to stray from 
gnome-mimeapps.list at all.

-- Rex

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