Old bug, just tripped me up after upgrading to Ubuntu 17.10, now can't
open a .epub file but I can open it via a link (ln -s xyz.epub xyz.tgz).
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file-roller cannot open filetypes with derived mimetypes (e.g. epub
and ods files)
Status in file-roller package in Ubuntu:
Given three files A, B and C, where A is a zip file (a.zip), B is an
ePub file (b.epub) and C is an ODF Spreadsheet file (c.ods) ...
All files have "Open With > Archive Manager" as a menu option in
This is likely due to the shared-mime-info database having the ePub
and ODS mimetypes as <sub-class-of type="application/zip"/>.
File A will open successfully, while files B and C report "Could not
open 'A'" / "Archive type not supported". However, renaming B and C so
they have a .zip extension will cause the files to be opened
This is likely due to file-roller checking the filetype to load by
extension, not magic. This is indeed the case as giving a text file a
.zip extension causes file-roller to report "An error occurred while
loading the archive" (End-of-central-directory signature not found.
Either this file is not a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a
multi-part archive. In the latter case the central directory and
zipfile comment will be found on the last disk(s) of this archive.)
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: file-roller 3.2.1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
Date: Mon Nov 7 21:12:54 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100318)
PATH=(custom, no user)
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-09-24 (44 days ago)
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