[xmonad] Xmonad, beagle-search, and mime types

wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu
Sun Feb 21 12:33:33 EST 2010

I've been fighting with xdg-open myself, having just switched to  
chromium. It turns out it's a pretty readable shell script (open it up  
in your favorite editor and have a look!). Here's approximately what  
it does:

* is there a KDE session running? use kde-open, fall back to kfmclient
* is there a Gnome session running? use gvfs-open, fall back to gnome-open
* is there an XFCE session running? use exo-open
* try, in order: mimeopen, run-mailcap, $BROWSER, firefox, mozilla, netscape

So, probably what's happening to you is that you aren't running KDE,  
Gnome, or XFCE, you don't have mimeopen or run-mailcap installed, and  
you haven't set $BROWSER.

I export BROWSER=gnome-open and love it, but old versions do have a  
bug where gnome-open totally ignores  
.local/share/applications/defaults.list, so make sure to update  

Good luck,

Quoting Damian <damian.only at gmail.com>:

> Hello,
> I don't consider myself a smart person. Even my mom used to say that I
> wasn't so bright. But still, should this be so damn difficult?
> 'beagle-search' is a front end for the beagle desktop search engine.
> When you issue a query, the application shows you icons (which
> represent files) with the result of the query. If you click on the
> icon, the file will be opened with the default application. The
> problem is that I cannot set the default application by any means. For
> instance I would like to open jpeg image files using geeqie.
> I've failed miserably in trying to associate filetypes to
> applications, using beagle search. The application beagle-search uses
> xdg-open to open applications. If a filetype has no application
> associated, then the default handler is firefox (don't ask me why).
> So I tried to see how xdg-open works, but the man page didn't give me
> any useful information. The related command, xdg-mime, doesn't work as
> I expected.
> I've created a file called geeqie.desktop in the directory
> /home/damian/.local/share/applications with the following contents:
>   [Desktop Entry]
>   Encoding=UTF-8
>   Name=Geeqie
>   Exec=geeqie
>   MimeType=image/jpeg
>   Icon=exec
>   NoDisplay=true
> Then I've tried to associate geeqie with jpeg files by running:
>     xdg-mime default geeqie.desktop image/jpeg
> The command terminates successfully, and after running
>     xdg-mime query default image/jpeg
> I get as output "geeqie.desktop".
> But xdg-open (and therefore beagle-search) still refuses to open jpeg
> images with geeqie.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks in advance.
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