defaults.list or mimeapps.list?

David Faure faure at
Sun Feb 2 02:32:51 PST 2014

On Tuesday 21 January 2014 11:01:17 Rex Dieter wrote:
> Jerome Leclanche wrote:
> > I'm finding a lot of conflicting information. Which to use? I'm using
> > mimeapps.list currently, I was certain defaults.list was the
> > deprecated one but I need an official word on this.
> See "Default application ordering" on
> In effect, its a bit implementation specific... gnome uses defaults.list,
> kde uses a mixture of InitialPreference= key and mimeapps.list

This is a strange way of presenting it. The same mixture exists everywhere.

The environment defaults are environment-specific, using defaults.list in 
Gnome and InitialPreference= in KDE.

On top of that, mimeapps.list is standard, and can be used at the system level 
(/usr/share) by ISVs or at the user-level to store user-specific overrides.

David Faure, faure at,
Working on KDE, in particular KDE Frameworks 5

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