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Re: File Types and Associations ???

Mike McCarty wrote:

Scott Talbot wrote:


[I wrote]

Nice explanation. How does one add to the list?
For example, I downloaded Adobe Acrobat, and it
installed itself as /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread
but when I try using Gnome to open PDF files, it

Open With->Other Application->(select one of)

ggv                    not in menu
GNOME PDF VIEWER       in menu for "PDF document"
xpdf                   not in menu

So there seems not to be an option to use it.
I'm sure there is a way to configure this, but
it isn't obvious. There is a button there

"You can configure which programs are offered
for which file types in the File Types and Programs
dialog. ...... go there"

Clicking that brings up a dialog box which has
a "browse" button. But browsing down to
acroread and installing it removes the path
information. For example, looking right now,
I see "acroread" is in there. I put it in there
with the browse, but it doesn't show up as an
option for opening, nor as the default.


Go into the properties dialog and select the Open With tab . Find the ADD button near the bottom. Another dialog will open that will list all the apps in your Menus. If Acroread did not install an icon, select the "use a custom command" just under the "menu-selector box". You should now see a standard Gnome- file selector box, just navigate to /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread and select Open - That's it!

When I go to the properties dialog box I get these options:


I see no "add button".

If I select GNOME PDF VIEWER, it comes up and does its thing.
If I select OTHER APPLICATION, I get the dialog I mentioned above.
There is no "add" button on that dialog box. That box has these buttons

for "ggv" there is a "Modify" button (I can select which of 3 to modify)
for "File types and programs" there is a "Go there" button which acts as
described above
at the bottom are "Help", "Cancel", and "Ok"

Thanks for the reply.


Sorry, I think I assumed you were using FC3 or 4. The answer is in the dialog you saw when you selected "go there" from the context menu. It has been many months since I have used that. Same with the File Types and programs! Don't worry that it doesn't display the full path once acroread is selected though, Fedora knows where it is at. If you want to be sure you could make a link somewhere, say in /usr/bin, that would at least make it easier to find. To do that, Open a terminal, cd to /usr/bin and issue the command
ln -s /usr/local/Acrobat5/bin/acroread .
make sure you include that final period - it points to the current directory.

Any way try that out, and I'll see if I can massage my memory cells a bit more...


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