On 04/11/2018 13:14, Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) wrote:
> it'll pick one of whatever app says it can open that mime type...
> whatever comes first that it finds,

That was my understanding also. But it doesn't:

  * /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache says (simplified)
    because *I* want them to open with qpdfview but evince disagreed
    *and then* GIMP stuck its oar in and added itself

  * if I type the command xdg-open foobar.pdf it opens in evince

  * if I double-click on foobar.pdf in efm it opens in qpdfview

  * if the genealogical application Gramps generates a PDF report,
    it opens GIMP to display it!

Obviously E is doing it right and the others are wrong :-)

> UNLESS you happen to change that. and it's as simple as opening that 
> mime type via efm and using "open with" ... and selecting the 
> appropriate app, then it'll use whatever you last happened to use 
> there as that becomes your preferred opener of that type.
Part of the problem is that I hardly ever use GUI file managers, and if
I do it's usually caja.

> you could beat your head against the massive default applications 
> dialog and manually select there mime type by mime type... but just
> using efm is the simplest way...

Yes, but fortunately it was only to mime types and both the bogus
associations were made by one application. I have added the relevant
commands to my setup script for installing new systems now, so I
shouldn't have any more trouble.

Thanks for your help.


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