[arch-general] Automatic File Associations Alloting

Jayesh Badwaik jayesh.badwaik90 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 11:39:14 EST 2011

EDIT: Int the above post, check the box means checks the always opens box?
Cheers and Regards
Jayesh Vinay Badwaik
Electronics and Communication Engineering

On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM, Jayesh Badwaik
<jayesh.badwaik90 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> All the programs, mimeo, xdg-open are oriented towards using mime info
> to open application. My problem is different. What I want is a way to
> tell "my" desktop environment or whatever to use which applications.
> The main issue is as follows.  Every program that gets installed can
> do anything to the mimeinfo.list file. Sometimes, it will also change
> the xdg-open values. There are multiple systems with multiple
> standards. We cannot do much about that. However, what we can do is,
> we can make it easy to create an interface to program that.
> My suggestions is as follows.
> All file associations would be stored in a XML based file. There will
> be other details in it. But the main details is as follows
> 1. mime-type
> 2. associated applications wuth priority starting from 1. Why exactly
> one, will be clear later.
> Now whenever a new package is installed. It will contain an XML file
> containing description of the mimetype in the same manner. When the
> package is installed, the file will be transferred to a folder. The
> main file which contains the descriptions of the mime type will be
> somewhere else. This folder will contain the mime files which have not
> yet been incorportated into the main file.
> Now, a program would run which will take this folder and the original
> file as the default arguments and then update the file types. If there
> is a conflict, especially if the priority of the application for the
> mime type is already taken, then there can be a ncurses based
> resolution window, letting window resolve the conflict (modeled on the
> file association selectors in Windows applications). The priority in
> the package files can be -1 if the file wants to go to the last
> priority if possible. (like the nice factor of the processes)
> But no one can occupy the priority zero. Suppose a user opens an app
> using open with command and then checks the box, then automatically an
> entry is created in the folder with priority zero and then it is
> updated. This way, automatic software will never trump the user set
> defaults under any circumstances and the conflict management would
> prevent the irritation at the file open time. I am sure people are
> more careful during install than they are during file opening.
> Now the final XML file is created. This file can be then modified into
> whatever is demanded by any DE etc etc. What do you think?
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Cheers and Regards
> Jayesh Vinay Badwaik
> Electronics and Communication Engineering
> -
> On Wed, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM, SanskritFritz <sanskritfritz at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Since mimeo also supports file uris now, there is no need to change
>> this package anymore.

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