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.
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#REDIRECT [[Default Applications]]
'''Warning''': Do NOT attempt to modify the mime database directly!
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* First, create the file "~/.local/share/mime/packages/mine.xml", as such:
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$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/mime/packages
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$ cd ~/.local/share/mime/packages
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$ touch mime.xml
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(Or you can just do it with your graphical file browser)
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* Next, open up mine.xml and paste the following inside:
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
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<mime-info xmlns="http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/shared-mime-info">
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  <mime-type type="application/x-ms-dos-executable">
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          <comment xml:lang="en">Windows Executable</comment>
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          <glob pattern="*.exe"/>
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  </mime-type>
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</mime-info>
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* Finally, enter this at the command prompt:
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$ update-mime-database ~/.local/share/mime
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That's it!
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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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[[Category: HOWTOs (English)]]
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[[Category: Wine (English)]]
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Revision as of 18:44, 5 June 2013