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Old 11-01-2005, 07:51 AM   #1
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firefox download/mime types

I am trying to get a rdesktop connection through a web page. The page offers to dowload connection configuration as .rdp file.

However, firefox does not let me to choose what to do with this file. It assumes it is a BIN file and offers only to save it, neither open nor default action can specified (they are shaded).

Why is it recognised as BIN file? Is it something on the server side?

Why cannot I choose options (from preferences/downloads) for this type? Is there some junk sitting in any of the config files?

Can .rdp files simply opened by rdesktop?

Any help appreciated.
Old 11-01-2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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it doesn't sound like a server issue, it sounds like a Firefox MIME type issue to me.

try editing your MIME types with the MIME Type Editor extension. You can find it here under the "Downloading" header about one third of the way down the page.

With this extension you can edit Firefox's settings for the .rdp extension, and hopefully it will let you set it to open the file by default. You may end up having to add the .rdp file type into this extension as a MIME, and if you do need to add it, I think that was your original problem. I believe when Firefox encounters an unknown filetype, it will not open it, only save. Can anyone confirm this?

Hope that helps otoomet! cheers!

- Paulie

Last edited by djpaulie; 11-01-2005 at 09:46 AM.
Old 11-01-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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Thanks, mime type editor is a great program.

Unfortunately, firefox still want to save the BIN file... I am not quite sure about the protocols etc, but isn't the web server somehow responsible to submitting mine types with files? If yes, can one in that case find out which types they are? Well, I still can save the file and run tsclient on it.

An important not: You have to use 'tsclient' and not 'redesktop'. tsclient is a certain front-end to rdesktop which is able to descipher .rdb files.

Old 07-02-2008, 09:52 PM   #4
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I describe a way to fix this problem in my blog here -


sudo -i
echo "application/x-rdp rdp" >> /etc/mime.types


desktop, mime, rdp, remote

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