The place of mimeinfo.cache in freedesktop specs

Reuben Thomas rrt at
Mon Apr 24 14:07:05 UTC 2017

On 24 April 2017 at 14:59, Maxwell Anselm <silverhammermba at> wrote:
> If the standard is being followed, mimeapps.list is what xdg-open should be
> reading from

xdg-open delegates by default to desktop-specific helpers such as
gvfs-open, kde-open, (Mac OS X) open etc.

It has a generic fallback to using xdg-mime, which itself uses
desktop-specific helpers, and has a fallback to File::Mimeinfo and

Therefore, in general it's anyone's guess what it does, though
obviously for a specific user's installation it's possible to trace
which particular tool it uses, and what a given version of that tool
will do; and further, various DE's helpers will indeed use


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