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Old 10-26-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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Gnome MIME issue - everything's a "plain text document"

I'm having a bit of an issue with certain Gnome programs not recognizing files for the types they are. For instance, in Nautilus every regular file comes up as "plain text document" (well aside from the odd 0-byte file), gedit won't perform any syntax highlighting unless I force it through the View -> Highlight Mode menu, and gThumb won't display anything in the file browser window since it doesn't think there are any image files (except for some reason a single mp3

Now I rarely use Nautilus (I prefer MC or Thunar), but I've found gedit to be my least unfavourite editor, and I rather like gThumb. Other applications, including GTK-based don't exhibit the behaviour.

I've checked the mime database in /usr/share/mime and I don't see anything that stands out as unusual, and I've tried running update-mime-database to no avail.

When I start up and shut down nautilus from a terminal, the following appear:
[ciotog 65] $ nautilus --no-desktop --browser
Initializing nautilus-open-terminal extension
Initializing nautilus-image-converter extension

** (nautilus:1005): WARNING **: /usr/lib/nautilus/extensions-2.0/libtotem- undefined symbol: __gst_debug_min
seahorse nautilus module initialized
/progressbar_Clearlooks_animated.rc:30: Clearlooks configuration option 
"progressbarstyle" is not supported and will be ignored.

** (nautilus:1005): WARNING **: Unable to add monitor: Operation not 

--- Hash table keys for warning below:
--> file:///home

(nautilus:1005): Eel-WARNING **: "nautilus-metafile.c: metafiles" hash 
table still has 1 element at quit time (keys above)

(nautilus:1005): Eel-WARNING **: "nautilus-directory.c: directories" hash 
table still has 1 element at quit time
seahorse nautilus module shutdown
Shutting down nautilus-image-converter extension
Shutting down nautilus-open-terminal extension
I don't know if the Eel-WARNING messages are relevant, but I don't think so.

Normally I run e16 with xfce-mcs-manager running for a little more eye-candy on a Slackware-current system with GSB-current as well, but if I start Gnome instead of E there's no change.

Any thoughts as to how I can proceed to figure out where things are wrong?

I've tried running as another user, same issue.

Last edited by ciotog; 10-26-2008 at 04:12 PM. Reason: cleaned up code section so it doesn't stretch the window, added note at the end
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rm -rf ~/.local/share/mime/
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:30 PM   #4
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Thanks avtech_mjc, it turned out that google-earth had installed mime-types in /usr/local/share/mime and this is what seemed to be screwing things up somehow. I'm still not sure what difference it makes.

Actually there was also audacity mime-types there, and it's been quite some time since I installed or used audacity so I'm still somewhat perplexed. At least running "update-mime-database /usr/local/share/mime" fixed it.

Thanks again!


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