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Old 11-24-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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PCMan File Manager - Config file to set default applications?

Anybody out there using the PCMan File Manager?

I would like to know if there is a config file where I can set the default applications for opening various file formats.

Using the GUI, you can set defaults, but I'm ending up with duplicate entries in the "open with" menu, and I need to trim away the ones I don't use. I'd also like to be able to fine-tune the config file.

Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the config file or where it's located, and the PCMan web site doesn't have any documentation.

Thanks in advance!
Old 11-24-2009, 04:12 PM   #2
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It pretty much just uses the default application the desktop has set. Or you can look at /home/username/.local/share/applications
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Thank you! I was not aware of the /home/username/.local/share/applications folder. I just took a look inside and that's precisely where all my duplicate entries are located.

You sir, have solved by problem. Your coveted Royston Lodge No-Prize is in the mail. ;-)

But, now that I think about it, I have a second question. What's the correct syntax for a default application where the options come after the file name?

For example, when I double-click on an Atari Lynx rom, I want it to launch Handy in scaled mode. The command line for that is "/usr/sbin/handy filename.lnx -2". How do I write the file in the /home/username/.local/share/applications folder so that the "-2" comes after the name of the rom?

I'm used to using Damn Small Linux and DFM where the syntax would be "/usr/sbin/handy %0% -2", where %0% is a wildcard for the filename.

Is there a similar wildcard in PCMan?

Thanks again!

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Old 12-06-2009, 08:09 AM   #4
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You should use "%f" i think. I opened a file with pcmanfm and selected "always open with" leafpad (text editor). And it genereated a file under .local/share/applications/leafpad-usercustom-0.desktop. You can find %f argument in that file.


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