Difference between revisions of "Changing filetype association via MIME"

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Many of you will be wanting to run windows apps within your linux installation, and you can do this via the wonderful [[Wine]]. This guide will show you how to alter your MIME database in a safe way so that you can associate windows executables with Wine.
#REDIRECT [[Default Applications]]
'''Warning''': Do NOT attempt to modify the mime database directly!
* First, create the file "~/.local/share/mime/packages/mine.xml", as such:
$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/mime/packages
$ cd ~/.local/share/mime/packages
$ touch mime.xml
(Or you can just do it with your graphical file browser)
* Next, open up mine.xml and paste the following inside:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<mime-info xmlns="http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/shared-mime-info">
  <mime-type type="application/x-ms-dos-executable">
          <comment xml:lang="en">Windows Executable</comment>
          <glob pattern="*.exe"/>
* Finally, enter this at the command prompt:
$ update-mime-database ~/.local/share/mime
That's it!
The method outlined above will intergrate the xml file you made with the mime database, so that you can make your own associations for .exe files (probably [[Wine]]).
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Revision as of 18:44, 5 June 2013