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

Damian damian.only at gmail.com
Sun Feb 21 14:14:47 EST 2010

On Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM,  <wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> 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 gnome-open!
> Good luck,
> ~d
Thanks a lot for the answer. I see if I can fix it that way.

> 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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