Changing Default Applications for the Gnome Desktop

Ever wanted audio, text, or video to open up in a different application than whatever Debian has slotted for your default? Want to get down to the nuts and bolts and do it manually?

Well then. Take a look at /etc/gnome/defaults.list for what application is used to open up what extension or mime-type, and bring up the /usr/share/applications/ directory for the configuration files that dictate how that application is going to open up.

For instance, I changed .pls and .mp3 from Totem (possibly the last media application installed) over to audacious2-gtkui for better integration with the look and feel of the gnome desktop.

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Chris Bergeron

Chris has been a systems designer, coder, writer, and editor. 20 years of assorted IT company management in he still finds time to (occasionally) write something down or read a good book.

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