Shared MIME-Info 0.12
teuf at gnome.org
Thu Sep 11 20:56:10 EEST 2003
> That's another way of doing it. I don't have any preference. Which would
> people prefer?
> The main advantage to having extra types is that aliasing becomes a
> special case of subclassing, whereas with an aliases file it's something
> completely different. But the aliases file would be quicker and smaller.
I don't have solid arguments against one or the other, but I tend to
prefer the extra types approach.
My two cents,
> > Would it be possible to add a paragraph to the spec along the lines of:
> > Whether a mime-type exists within the shared-mime-database may be
> > determined by the presence of a $XDG_DATA_DIRS/mime/<type>.xml
> > file.
> > This is my understanding of the current behaviour, but I don't think
> > that it's explicitly mentioned and would be of use for applications
> > trying to work out whether they need to install a package to define a
> > particular type or whether it the user has it defined anyway.
> Applications should install their package file anyway. Even if the user
> already has a definition for application/foo, they may not have a French
> translation, the *.foo pattern, or the information that your application
> is capable of handling files of that type. Check the 'packages'
> subdirectory to see if your package is already installed.
> > If it's not already done, would it also be possible to wipe all the
> > generated xml files whenever update-mime-database is run
> Doesn't that happen anyway?
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