defaults.list or mimeapps.list?

Jerome Leclanche adys.wh at
Wed Feb 5 22:34:10 PST 2014

On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:10 AM, Samuli Suominen <ssuominen at> wrote:
> On 03/02/14 04:50, Rex Dieter wrote:
>> David Faure wrote:
>>> 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
>> In my experience, stuff set in mimeapps.list in /usr/share isn't used by
>> gnome.  Should I go retest that?
>> -- Rex
> I'm sure it's used by GNOME and Xfce.
> Personally I always thought that defaults.list was the global file,
> because that's what the Debian GNOME Team is using
> to set their default applications for the users
> And that mimeapps.list in user's own local directory was to override
> that global defaults.list
> I see now I was wrong, and that mimeapps.list can also be used globally
> and that Debian still using defaults.list is just for historical reasons
> Xfce's utilities modify mimeapps.list at users directory when defining
> preferred applications / file associations
> I would expect GNOME to do same thing thesedays
> So heck, just to drop the confusion, could the defaults.list be declared
> obsolete somewhere so that the confusion stops?

Christ please yes.

J. Leclanche

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