Proposal: database(s) of file types and URI schemes
Thomas U. Grüttmüller
sloyment at gmx.net
Tue Aug 29 00:58:09 UTC 2017
When I get emails with a PDF attachment, Icedove (aka Thunderbird) tries
to open it with The GIMP. This always makes me angry, because I would
like it to open it with Atril (the Evince clone that preserves the menu
bar), and I can’t find the right configuration option to change this
behaviour. So my current “solution” is to open the file with GIMP, kill
GIMP and then open the file manually, while it is still in /tmp.
Setting file types in ROX filer is pretty straightforward, but there are
no defaults at all, and – as the example above shows – other programs
don’t care about these settings.
So my idea is: it would be neat if there was a common database of file
types, accessible by all programs, that contains information about which
program to use to open files of a specific type.
The second issue is about URI schemes. I have noticed that Firefox has
no idea how to open geo:, irc: or tel: URIs. It just responds: “This
address wasn’t understood”. So I also propose to also have a common
database of URI schemes, accessible by all programs, that contains
information about which program to use to open URIs of a specific scheme.
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