xdg-utils does not implement the standard for default applications
rrt at sc3d.org
Mon Oct 3 20:20:22 UTC 2016
On 3 October 2016 at 21:09, Maxwell Anselm <silverhammermba at gmail.com>
> I am willing to help develop these changes, but only if it is clear that
> such contributions would actually be welcome and accepted.
This would be great to see.
As an occasional xdg-utils contributor and sometime /usr/bin/file
maintainer, I'd say that it would be good to see more work on xdg-utils;
and that I think I can speak for file maintainers when I say that if file
can, within its obvious limitations (specifically, that it only identifies
files by their contents), be improved, patches would be speedily processed.
I'm unclear whether you think that /usr/bin/file *should* not be used by
xdg-mime (in which case, fair enough, I guess), or simply that it currently
provides the wrong types or mis-identifies files too readily.
Wrong MIME types in file's patterns can of course easily be fixed (I added
them only relatively recently).
Mis-identification is harder to fix, of course, but improved patterns are
always welcome, and in the absence of other methods of identification, it
seems to me a better fallback than nothing. It could perhaps be improved if
there were some way for xdg-mime to indicate a confidence level, as file
itself has "strength" levels internally which could be used to indicate a
degree of confidence, and, with a little work, it could for example not
return a match if it was below a certain level of confidence.
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