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    Angry Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    Quote Originally Posted by mhogerheijde View Post
    This answered my question as well! Thanks a lot. My custom .desktop for Sublime Text wasn't working, it was missing the %f on the Exec= line.
    Does not work for me.

    I tried to edit a .desktop -file by right clicking it and selecting open with... However there is not even such option available!
    It seems that from some places the option is disabled altogether, so no difference if you get your program to the list of available commands or not.

    Sucks big time.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    As a Windows user who just installed the latest Ubuntu, I agree with others that there needs to be a way to navigate to a custom application (gnome-terminal, for instance, for a command-line app?), just like there is in Windows. I shouldn't have had to find the answer for this in an on-line forum. Over-simplifying the desktop and taking away options hurts the Ubuntu cause.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

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    Last edited by tlcstat; April 13th, 2012 at 03:19 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    While on the same subject, would you by chance know how to remove multiple entries from that same context menu. Not a big deal, would just like to clean it up a bit.
    While in the list, right click and select to remove the association.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    I can open any image file with XnViewMP, an awesome image viewer better than anything I've seen in Linux.

    But, I cannot open .jpg with XnViewMP. I cannot choose it from the list. What's going on here?

    Tried here, not helping: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-add...th-window.html
    Windows 7 for Media Production, Ubuntu 12.04/Cinnamon for other work.
    Xubuntu 12.04 as Media Center, CentOS 5.6 as server.
    Linux Mint on my casual laptop, Maemo 5 on my Nokia N900.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    Hi there. First post here, hope I'm not reviving a too old post or sth.

    I have a problem. I need to open a .image file with an application I downloaded (squeak). And I don't understand how to create the .desktop file (it does not exist, or otherwise I have not been able to find it) or how to edit it.

    I would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance

    Edit: Solved with Ubuntu Tweak.
    Last edited by sentey; October 5th, 2012 at 02:16 AM. Reason: Solved

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    I still can't get files to open that I save using firefox deskcut. they have a .desktop extension. I did your hack and I get an open with on other files but not the .deskcut files. I love deskcut but due to this issue it is unusable. All I need to do is set .descut to open with firefox. I HATE that they keep making things harder and less options.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    I totally agree, snecci. I used to hawk Ubuntu to Linux wannabe-newbies because it is so easy to transition to. But when someone comes back to me with an issue like this, and I have to open a command line and perform (what appears to them to be) a foreign program language, I see their eyes glaze over with "Dear God What Have I Done!" and conversion back to Windows or OSX may not be far behind.

    What a shame. What a stupid ridiculous shame. Especially since this post started in 2011 and it is now 2013 and this is still the case. Nothing has reverted.

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    Re: Ubuntu 11.10 Open File with other "Custom" Application

    The annoying simplification that @cmcanulty mentions makes Ubuntu more and more not unlike the OSX that @vcell mentions and the (former) OSX users love. Canonical is not crazy. For every tech-savvy user that they **** off, they gain 10 new 'dumb' users.

    Also, although you have to do abacadabra in the command line, know that most fixable problems, however small infuriating, are unfixable on OSX by the average OSX user. They have to go back to a service point, complain to the developers, or just deal with it.

    Furthermore, Ubuntu has been more like a smart-tv since about 12.04 and nobody likes those smart-tv-menus. So if you want to recommend anything to friends who are new to Linux, give them Linux Mint Cinnamon edition.

    Linux Mint is Ubuntu "what it should be". All stupid decisions (more and more) are rolled back. No 'political' decisions to hold certain packages back. And Cinnamon is a Gnome-Shell fork "what it should be". Modern, yet normal. No crazy shell or silly unity.
    Windows 7 for Media Production, Ubuntu 12.04/Cinnamon for other work.
    Xubuntu 12.04 as Media Center, CentOS 5.6 as server.
    Linux Mint on my casual laptop, Maemo 5 on my Nokia N900.

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