Bug#601743: /usr/bin/gnome-open: gnome-open man page doesn't say how to change what programs are used to open files

Jason Woofenden jason at jasonwoof.com
Fri Oct 29 07:11:48 UTC 2010

Package: libgnome2-0
Version: 2.30.0-1
Severity: normal
File: /usr/bin/gnome-open

"man gnome-open" says it opens thing using the GNOME file handlers,
but does not say what those are, or how to see them or
(importantly) edit them.

If that's not reason enough, please consider:

Google reveals lots of people asking about this, and conflicting
answers, only some of which work at all. And _None_ of which
enabled me to open .avi files with mplayer (despite "xdg-mime query
default video/x-msvideo" printing "mplayer.desktop", and gnome-open
successfully opening other video types with mplayer). If
gnome-open's documentation said how it was supposed to be
configured, I could tell if this is a bug, or if I'm just reading
inaccurate/outdated tutorials.

Thank you!   - Jason

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages libgnome2-0 depends on:
ii  gvfs                       1.6.4-2       userspace virtual filesystem - ser
ii  libaudiofile0              0.2.6-8       Open-source version of SGI's audio
ii  libbonobo2-0               2.24.3-1      Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libc6                      2.11.2-6      Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libesd0                    0.2.41-7      Enlightened Sound Daemon - Shared 
ii  libgconf2-4                2.28.1-5      GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.24.2-1      The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome2-common           2.30.0-1      The GNOME library - common files
ii  libgnomevfs2-0             1:2.24.3-1    GNOME Virtual File System (runtime
ii  liborbit2                  1:2.14.18-0.1 libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpopt0                   1.16-1        lib for parsing cmdline parameters

libgnome2-0 recommends no packages.

libgnome2-0 suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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