On Fri, Jul 07, 2017 at 01:49:54AM +0000, js...@riseup.net wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I followed the instructions in the Qubes docs to create a dispvm
> template based on the whonix-ws template. I installed a few applications
> in the template (gedit, libreoffice, etc.) and I've been able to
> customize my dispvm by setting preferences in applications.
> I'm having trouble changing the default applications that files open in
> though. For example, whenever I open a plain text file in a dispvm, it
> opens in libreoffice. I want it to open in gedit instead. I'm having a
> similar issue with pdf and image files.
> I tried using update-alternatives in whonix-ws-dvm, but that didn't work
> for me (the only options for editors were non-gui editors like nano and
> vim). Changing the default application in the file manager (dolphin) in
> whonix-ws-dvm also doesn't work for me.
> I'm able to get around this by opening a terminal in a dispvm, then
> using the "copy to vm" feature to copy the text file to my new dispvm,
> then opening gedit in terminal, then opening the file from
> QubesIncoming, but this is a pain.
> Does anyone know how to change the default applications for dispvms?

This has been covered a number of times on the list - it's a subset of
configuring the dispVMTemplate. If setting it in file manager doesnt
work then mimeopen should serve.
There was a thread "How to set file association in disposable VMs" 6
months back - that should have everything you need.


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