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Old 12-21-2005, 08:36 AM   #1
deejross
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Error when opening files with custom command in Gnome


I tried searching this site and Google as well and found a couple forums with this similar problem and no answers...Just more people chiming in saying, "yea, I'm having the same problem".

Anyways, on to the problem. When I try to open a file with the "open with" command in Gnome, it opens the open with box with a bunch of applications. No matter what application you click on or what command you enter for custom command it always pops up the error "Could not add application to the application database". I have tried it with files without an extension, files with the ".list" extension, and others as well. For some reason, I can open a file called "MANIFEST" (with no extension) and it defaults to the correct text editor (gedit). I thought this was strange since it seems as though a few files work, but most don't. The ".pl" and ".log" files default to gedit; so do files named "README", "Changes", "LICENSE" and so forth.

Any help with this is appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 10:09 AM   #2
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Just before opening the file just look at what the file type is. Is it a media file, an iso image etc. These can be done using the
Code:
file <filename>
command. Just try this out and later on open the file with the appropiate program depending upon the file type.
 
Old 12-21-2005, 10:50 AM   #3
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Ok, I opened a Terminal window and typed "file <filename>" and it came back with the file type. Then when I tried to open it through Nautilus it opened with gedit, like it was supposed to. And magically, every file I have opened after that has worked. So I guess now my question is why, after identifying the filetype of one file, is everything working correctly now? And will I have to do this every time I restart?

Thanks for the initial response btw.
 
  


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