shared-mime-info and desktops

Kevin Fenzi kevin at
Sat Jul 18 00:06:00 UTC 2015

On Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:56:23 -0500
Yaakov Selkowitz <yselkowi at> wrote:

> On Thu, 2015-07-16 at 12:33 -0500, Rex Dieter wrote:
> > +1 I'm in favor, but ship it as mimeapps.list to comply with modern
> > related standards, see:
> >
> The modern spec is what provides for desktop-specific defaults.
> > Proposal: ship a generic/default mimeapps.list initially based on
> > content of gnome-mimeapps.list
> A generic mimeapps.list would apply to *all* desktops, which doesn't
> make much sense as the expected defaults on e.g. KDE would differ
> quite a bit from GNOME.

Thats not how I read the spec. Wouldn't the specific desktop ones take
effect if they have a entry for that mime type and only fall through to
the generic one if they didn't list something? 

> IMO the steps to fix this are:
> 1) for *all* spec-compliant desktops (IOW all current GIO-based ones:
> GNOME, MATE, LXDE, LXQt, XFCE) to ship their own desktop-specific
> *-mimeapps.list.

> 2a) fix KDE to conform to the spec, OR

Where does KDE not conform? 

> 2b) store KDE's defaults in mimeapps.list, and make sure that the
> others cover all the mimetypes provided thereby.
> 3) In mimeapps.list, add any Added/Removed Associations deemed
> necessary.

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