How to fix mime filetype

Tim ignored_mailbox at
Fri Feb 15 13:01:19 UTC 2008

On Fri, 2008-02-15 at 07:04 -0500, Neal Becker wrote:
> I made the mistake of installing adobe's latest acroread on F8.  Now,
> there is no mime type for pdf:
> xdg-mime query filetype *.pdf
> application/octet-stream
> xdg-mime query default application/x-pdf
> xdg-mime query default application/pdf
> System never heard of this mime type anymore.

I've never installed Adobe's PDF reader, and my set-up's pretty similar:

[tim at suspishus ~]$ xdg-mime query filetype pdf
xdg-mime: file 'pdf' does not exist

[tim at suspishus ~]$ xdg-mime query default application/x-pdf

[tim at suspishus ~]$ xdg-mime query default application/pdf

> How do I fix this? 

[tim at suspishus ~]$ man xdg-mime

       xdg-mime - command line tool for querying information about file type
       handling and adding descriptions for new file types

Read it, and find out what you do to add one.  Likewise, with looking at
the output of:  xdg-mime --help

Setting a new MIME type default:
[tim at suspishus ~]$ xdg-mime default evince.desktop application/x-pdf

Querying, to see that it worked:
[tim at suspishus ~]$ xdg-mime query default application/x-pdf

"evince.desktop" being the file that makes up the Applications menu
entry that goes with the evince program.

(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's
 important to the thread.)

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