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Old 09-20-2009, 09:33 AM   #16
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Old 10-03-2009, 04:41 AM   #17
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Thank you, your post gave me the pointer I was looking for. I was foogling around (no thats not a typo, its my word for what happens when you spend a while on a pointless web search) for commandline ways to change file associations.

I have Debian Squeeze + kde July edition, there is s slight variation- the properties box has a spanner icon, "edit file types", you can change it there, you will get a reassuring delay with dialogue "updating configuration"
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Also look at the /etc/bash_completion file for media filetype that aren't expanded by tab completion after entering the player name in the terminal.

There should be a line where media filetypes are defined and inserting the filetype (e.g. flv|FLV) into the list will enable that file extension for tab completion of arguments.

                        _filedir '@(mp?(e)g|MP?(E)G|wm[av]|WM[AV]|avi|AVI|asf|ASF|vob|VOB|bin|BIN|dat|DAT|vcd|VCD|ps|PS|pes|PES|fli|FLI|viv|VIV|rm?(j)|RM?(J)|ra?(m)|RA?(M)|yuv|YUV|mov|MOV|qt|QT|mp[34]|MP[34]|og[gmv]|OG[GMV]|wav|WAV|dump|DUMP|mkv|MKV|m4a|M4A|aac|AAC|m2v|M2V|dv|DV|rmvb|RMVB|mid|MID|ts|TS|3gp|mpc|MPC|flac|FLAC|flv|FLV)'
So one may easily add a filetype without having to fully understand the tab completion file which can get pretty hairy. Grep for your application, another media player or an extension that works. It will probably indicate which line you want to edit.

Now you can have similar expectations in the GUI and the console.
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Many thanks. In the end, the GUI's vary from one distro/version/box to another, but if you have the CLI method under your belt you can fix stuff quickly and reliably
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Cool Hate to dig this old post up, but..

This site helps me alot so I thought I would contribute.

IF you have totem and mplayer installed on RHEL/CentOS/Fedora you can change the default file behavior. It's actually pretty simple.

For example - I click a link in firefox but don't want Totem to be the default application. I have mplayer installed (with the .so files mentioned above in /usr/lib64/codecs) and want it to open them by default.

i did a "rpm -q --filesbypkg totem | more" and found the gnome file "/usr/share/applications/totem.desktop". This .desktop file controls the file-types to "respond to". use you favorite editor and goto the last line that has the MIMEtypes and remove every pattern in between the ';' that has -ms- (dash ms dash) these represent the file types.

for example: wmv file extension would look like this ;video/wmv-ms-blah;

Delete what's in blue.

i hope this was clear enough. enjoy!
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Thanks for the post i was looking for that.
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Thanks to the original poster


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