Thumbnail AI files - Hardy

Chris Mohler cr33dog at
Thu May 8 18:17:45 UTC 2008

On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 1:13 PM, Rashkae <ubuntu at> wrote:
> Rashkae wrote:
>> Chris Mohler wrote:
>>> I have a favor to ask - would someone who is still running Gusty
>>> please download this file and confirm that a thumbnail icon is
>>> generated in nautilus?
>>> It's a ~2MB Adobe Illustrator file that should be viewable in evince
>>> (Document Viewer) and Adobe Reader for linux.
>>> Thanks!
>>> Chris
>> Err, why is your pdf file named with an AI extension?  If your saving
>> your work as pdf, it should be saved with .pdf
>> the reason it used to work in Gutsy was the mime detection correctly
>> identified the file as a pdf from the header, but it seems as though in
>> Hardy, .ai is explicitly identified as Illustrator file.
>> If you really want Hardy to behave like Gutsy, you can install assogiate
>> (Gnome mime-type editor), use it to locate the entry for illustrator
>> files and remove it.  Once the ai file association is gone, Gnome should
>> fall back to mime magic detection and identify the file as a PDF.  But
>> keep in mind, the real problem is, your file name extensions are wrong.
> Err, on further examination, I'd rather forget I just typed all that..
> It seems my knowledge of Illustrator is a bit dated.... Last version I
> used was 8, which used a file format that did not start with a PDF
> header. :)

Yeah - I think they switched to PDF format around version 9 or 10.


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