Proposal for a MIME mapping spec

Keith Packard keithp at
Thu Jul 8 00:37:21 EEST 2004

Around 17 o'clock on Jul 7, Jonathan Blandford wrote:

> Applications that can handle multiple MIME Types would list all of the
> ones it can handle in a ';' separated list.  It is expected that for
> some applications this list could get longish.

What convention will mitigate this effect?  Backslash at the end of line?  
Or whitespace on the subsequent lines?

> To make parsing of all the desktop files less costly, we will provide an
> 'update-desktop-database' program that will regenerate a database file.
> ...
> It will need to be run after every desktop file is installed.

This is a user trap.  Install new desktop files and nothing happens until 
you run the 'magic' program.

fontconfig stat's directories looking for changes and automatically 
regenerates a per-user cache.  If this is possible, it will eliminate a 
lot of errors.

Duplication of data should be under system control, not user control.


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