My personal opinion is that this would be a good change, for the
reasons currently on the table. I would use the file extension
".zimpage" or ".zimnote".

Also, what happens if you shell-launch a Zim page file from the
desktop file manager or search tool using the executable "zim"? Does
it explore up the tree to find a "notebook.zim" file, open the whole
notebook and navigate to the page? If not I think it should. How much
work would that be?

On 12/5/11, Jaap Karssenberg <> wrote:
> All,
> We have had this discussion before. I'm not against changing the extension
> for zim notes, but only on the condition that we have a clear file
> extension. The ".note" suggested above is something I would consider as it
> is human readable - but not sure if we can use that if it is already in use
> by Tomboy.
> Suggestions I rejected i nthe past include ".zim" - which is used for the
> notebook config, ".wiki" as being to generic (although I might reconsider
> that one) and more cryptic combinations like "zwk" for zim-wiki etc.
> Regards,
> Jaap
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 3:53 AM, Michael Mulqueen
> <>wrote:
>> Hi Marcel and Svenn,
>> Obviously Jaap will have to decide as it's his project. But I'd be
>> very much in favour of using a different file extension for zim's
>> files. I see only benefits. We gain the ability to do a fast mimetype
>> determination and with it the ability to integrate into things like
>> Zeitgeist. It won't change the ability to open zim files in a plain
>> text editor such as vim or gedit. In fact, if anyone needs this, all
>> they need to do is change the default program for the mimetype (which
>> is easily done from Nautilus) or access from the open dialogue of the
>> program. I note that the mime file for zim describes zim's format as a
>> subset of plain text, so you would hope that anything that struggled
>> with the idea of text/x-zim-wiki would see text/plain and treat it as
>> such.
>> I can't remember for sure, but I seem to recall older versions of zim
>> (perhaps even back to the Perl Zim) not having the current header
>> information etc. that they do. Perhaps Jaap could confirm whether I'm
>> imagining this or not. In those days, it would obviously make sense
>> for them to be referred to as plain text, because that's actually all
>> they were. Now it's closer to file format in its own right.
>> Regards,
>> Mike
>> On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 10:09 PM, Svenn Are Bjerkem
>> <> wrote:
>> > On 4 December 2011 22:49, Marcel Stimberg
>> > <> wrote:
>> >> Hi Michael,
>> >> I think there are two solutions to this problem:
>> >> * Register the .txt extension for the text/x-zim-wiki mime type --
>> >> this has the small disadvantage that for all .txt files, a time-costly
>> >> (relatively speaking) content lookup has to be performed
>> >> * Use a different extension for zim notes (e.g. Tomboy uses .note)
>> >>
>> >> Any thoughts on this?
>> >
>> > I really would like to see zim accept that .txt files are pure text
>> > files and not supposed to be interpreted. Maybe making the extension
>> > configurable in the notebook.zim file? Using 'find' or 'locate' in
>> > unix looking for files with ending .txt seldom show me only my zim
>> > notebook pages.
>> >
>> > --
>> > Svenn
>> >
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