In order to associate and application ( like Songbird, Amarok ) with a file-type or device ( iPod, PNG, JPEG). The only thing is that the application we want to perform our task HAS to have a desktop entry ( Songbird.desktop ) located in the /usr/share/applications/directory. The file-type or device has to have a mime-type inside of /usr/share/mime directory ( e.g, /usr/share/mime/images/png.xml). The file that directs what application will open what file-types, is mimeapps.list. A file inside of ~/.local/share/applications/.
<<< Adding the proper entry >>>
Always start safe, and make sure you can fix yourself in case you screw something up.
So we are going to start by making a copy of the current mimeapps.list file.
cp ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list.backup
Next open up the file with a text editor so that we can add our custom entry. You can change gedit for your favorite text editor.
sudo gedit ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
Add/Change the correct entry. In my case I had to add another entry since there was no entry
other than an entry from totem media player.
To find out what $NEW_APP.desktop should be ( if necessary ).
ls /usr/share/applications/*.desktop | sed -e "s@/usr/share/applications/@@g" | less
Look for the name of the application you are using. So for this scenario I'm using songbird.
I ran the above command
and I was able to find in the list the applications desktop entry, it was Songbird.desktop
Next you have to figure out $MIME_TYPE ( if necessary )
find /usr/share/mime/ -mindepth 2 -maxdepth 2 -name "*" | sed -e "s@/usr/share/mime/@@g" -e "s@[.]xml@@g" | less
Keep in mind if you are changing this for a media player the entry is going to be
In the end your new entry should look like this. Using Songbird as the choice of application
to handle the iPod.
note: I had to make a new entry, don't change anything if it doesn't not pertain to iPod or Real Player control. In example
if the $MIME_TYPE doesn't match x-content/audio-player don't touch it.
Save the file, and restart nautilus by doing
WARNING RUNNING THE BELOW COMMAND WILL "FREEZE" YOUR COMPUTER FOR A SLIGHT MOMENT,
THIS IS ONLY HAPPENING BECAUSE NAUTILUS IS RESTARTING. WITHIN 10-15 SECONDS YOU
SHOULD HAVE CONTROL OF THE DESKTOP.
Hope this works for you guys, let me know share it around, or tell me what to do to help
improve it. Appreciate it. I could make a video of my desktop while I do the guide here.
Don't know if that might help you guys better understand.