Changing filetype association via MIME

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Many of you will be wanting to run Windows applications 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. Warning: Do NOT attempt to modify the mime database directly!

First, create the file ~/.local/share/mime/packages/mime.xml as such:

$ mkdir -p ~/.local/share/mime/packages
$ touch ~/.local/share/mime/packages/mime.xml

Next, open up mime.xml and paste the following inside:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<mime-info xmlns="">
  <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 integrate the xml file you made with the mime database, so that you can make your own associations for .exe files (probably Wine).