[PC-BSD Dev] Gnome 3 mimetypes possible fix for PBI's

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Fri Feb 28 08:26:38 PST 2014

So, the pbi system does try to register mime-types automatically. It
uses the "xdg-mime" command to register file-types and such, along with
xdg-menu and others for icons. I'm wondering if perhaps the fix is to
update xdg-mime/xdg-menu/xdg-desktop to work with however gnome3 wants
its mime data? Maybe we should check upsteam, perhaps they have been
updated already?

On 02/25/2014 12:44, Joe Maloney wrote:
> Guys.  I think I may have came up with a better solution.  I was
> looking at how packages behave regarding mimeinfo and packages write
> to /usr/local/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache each time a package is
> installed.  That's why packages show up in
> system-settings,details,default applications in Gnome3.  I've noticed
> this file is much emptier with fluxbox installed but it does exist
> with things like gimp set out of box.  As far as I can tell this file
> is generated by those installed packages and not pc-extractoverlay? 
> So after installing Gnome3 I updated this file after determining what
> the format should be from a pkg with the information for the firefox pbi.
> http://pastebin.com/e0az1pmL
> Would it perhaps be better to have PBI's such as firefox, firefox-esr,
> chromium, thunderbird, libreoffice*, openoffice* update mimeinfo.cache
> the same way as packages when PBI's are installed?  This should also
> fix things like libreoffice missing from Gnome's open with dialog.
> The only side effect I think a user might see from this is that if
> firefox is installed from pbi & pkg you might have 2 firefox options
> unless the PBI title is renamed to FireFox PBI or something like
> that.  I suppose I can still generate a mimeinfo.cache, or
> mimeapps.list file.  I just thought this might be a cleaner way to do
> it per app instead going forward.  Any thoughts?
> Joe Maloney

> On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Kris Moore <kris at pcbsd.org
> <mailto:kris at pcbsd.org>> wrote:
>     On 02/24/2014 13:39, Joe Maloney wrote:
>>     I've noticed this behavior for a long time with PBI's and Gnome
>>     3.  Basically PBI's can't be set as default unless they are added
>>     to mimeapps.list.  Which appears to be something that only Gnome
>>     based desktops might use from what I can tell?  Here is an
>>     example file where I have added several PBI's into the file.  I
>>     could modify this file under /usr/local/share/applications
>>     (globally) or my home directory .local/share/applications.
>>     https://github.com/pkgdemon/freebsd-pkgdemon/blob/master/examples/gnome-mime-types/mimeapps.list-sample
>>     You will see in this file I've added mime types for things like
>>     the web browser, which I had installed at the time via a PBI in
>>     an older version of PCBSD.  I'm wondering if it might not be a
>>     bad idea to create like a template
>>     /usr/local/share/applications/mimeapps.list that get's added with
>>     pc-extractoverlay that just has all of the common browsers, mail
>>     clients, etc.  This way a user could go into system-settings
>>     details within gnome and select a default browser and so on just
>>     like they could with a package.  I'm not entirely sure this will
>>     work yet or if I can add more than one entry per type in
>>     mimeapps.list.  I wanted to see if you guys might have any
>>     knowledge of it first and see what your thoughts were or if
>>     anyone might know of another way to solve this?
>>     Joe Maloney
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>     I've had to do this in the past, so if GNOME requires it then it
>     shouldn't be to much of a problem to do it again. Feel free to
>     commit a fix to the pc-extractoverlay/ports-overlay directory with
>     a sane list of "defaults" in
>     /usr/local/share/applications/mimeapps.list. We can then test it
>     in the Edge package set for a while, make sure it doesn't break
>     any other DE's.
>     -- 
>     Kris Moore
>     PC-BSD Software
>     iXsystems
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