File association defaults
fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Sun Mar 7 00:20:44 UTC 2010
On Saturday 06 Mar 2010 23:41:28 Steve Morris wrote:
> On 06/03/10 13:31, Clay Weber wrote:
> > On Friday 05 March 2010 08:12:43 pm Steve Morris wrote:
> >> I am having an issue with file association defaults in Kubuntu/Ubuntu.
> >> In Firefox the default for pdf mimetypes was to ask for information on
> >> how they should be handled. When the dialogue box pops up as a result of
> >> clicking on the link, the open with entry lists Ocular as the default,
> >> but if I look at the kde file associations for pdf files the first
> >> application listed in the list of handling applications is Acrobat. If I
> >> click on the Open with dropdown it only specifies Ocular not all the
> >> applications listed in the kde file associations as being able to handle
> >> pdf files.
> >> Hence the questions I have are:
> >> * What in Kubuntu/Ubuntu constitutes the default application for a
> >> file type and where is specified/modified.
> > In System Settings' File Associations area
> That is where I looked and was why I was querying why the application
> listed by the firefox prompt dialog did not match this.
> >> * Why does the open with entry in the dialogue box (I'm assuming
> >> this is gtk) not appear to honour the kde configuration,
> >> particularly when if I double click a pdf file in krusader if
> >> opens acrobat to display it as indicated by the kde file
> >> associations.
> > because firefox may use it's own method for determining file associations, it
> > has it's own unique settings that seem to be independent of what the system
> > default is.
> > Wow, downloading acrobat now, sure is a pig:
> > $The following NEW packages will be installed:
> > acroread
> > 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
> > Need to get 63.5MB of archives.
> > After this operation, 153MB of additional disk space will be used.
> > What I have discovered is that when installing acroread via the commandline,
> > it offers the choice of setting the systemwide file association for pdf to
> > acroread (and does so for my firefox setup - it is the fist thing in the
> > dropdown list). This option I know does not happen using KPackagekit as it
> > doesn't yet support this sort of apt dialog. This probably explains why
> > Firefox does not see this, though KDE still seems to notice the change, or
> > automatically puts newly installed things at the top of the list in terms of
> > file associations.
> I installed Acroread via Synaptic which does support that sort of apt
> dialogue and I did select the system wide file association. As I
> understand it Firefox is using gtk as its gui interface, so I am
> assuming the dialog that pops up to canvas what the user wants to do is
> a standard gtk dialog that should be obeying kde or gnome settings
> depending on the desktop being used, hence in the open with dialog it
> should show all applications configured as handling pdf files, or am I
> missing something here?
I don't think firefox honours any of the desktop settings, there are ways to set firefox's associations but I can't remember what they are. Google.
> >> regards,
> >> Steve
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