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    Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    I am running Ubuntu 20.04.2 x64 and Gimp 2.10.24.

    I can't seem to figure out a way to associate .xcf files with Gimp. This actually started in 18.04. If I look at Properties for my .xcf files, I only have two tabs, Basic and Permissions. If I use Nautilus, right click on the file, and choose Open with Other Application, Gimp does not appear in the list. If I say Find New Application, Gimp is displayed, but is listed as installed.

    So when I double-click on an .xcf file, I get a message saying 'no application installed for "Gimp image" files.' I have to open Gimp and open the file from within Gimp. I have two Desktop files for Gimp. One is in /usr/share/applications and the other is in ~/.local/share/applications. Both of these list image/x-xcf as a mime type. The files are identical.

    I have installed Gimp from http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntuhandbook1/gimp/ubuntu

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can rectify this situation?

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    Re: Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    Things to try that may help:

    This alone may fix it:

    Refresh the mimeinfo.cache of mime types and applications:
    Code:
    sudo update-desktop-database
    Other commands as examples:

    Find the default application for a mime type:
    Code:
    xdg-mime query default image/x-xcf
    Set default application (use name of it's desktop file) for a mime type:
    Code:
    xdg-mime default gimp.desktop image/x-xcf

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    Re: Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    What do you see if you open an xcf file with gimp using terminal command
    Code:
    gimp-2.10 /path/to/file.xcf
    That may give you some clues.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; 3 Weeks Ago at 11:23 AM. Reason: Gimp command corrected

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    Re: Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Things to try that may help:

    This alone may fix it:

    Refresh the mimeinfo.cache of mime types and applications:
    Code:
    sudo update-desktop-database
    Other commands as examples:

    Find the default application for a mime type:
    Code:
    xdg-mime query default image/x-xcf
    Set default application (use name of it's desktop file) for a mime type:
    Code:
    xdg-mime default gimp.desktop image/x-xcf
    I tried your suggestions in order. Here are the responsees:
    Code:
    sudo update-desktop-database
    No response. I then tried to open an .xcf file by double-clicking with same results as before.
    Code:
    xdg-mime query default image/x-xcf
    Response was
    gimp.desktop
    I then tried to open an .xcf file by double-clicking with same results as before.

    Finally
    Code:
    xdg-mime default gimp.desktop image/x-xcf
    I then tried to open an.xcf by double-clicking. Success!

    What puzzles me is that Ubuntu knew what application to use for the mime type image/x-xcf in option 2 but still would not open the application.

    In any case, thanks for resolving this irritating issue.

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    Re: Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    What do you see if you open an xcf file with gimp using terminal command
    Code:
    gimp-2.10 /path/to/file.xcf
    That may give you some clues.
    Thanks for your reply. As I indicated in my post before this one, it works correctly now. However, I did find some other issue of unsupported add-ins by trying your suggestion. I am researching those now. So thank you as well for offing some helpful advice.

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    Re: Cannot associate .xcf fikles with Gimp on 20.04

    Are some of those add-ins from an earlier version of gimp? Perhaps that is causing you some trouble.
    What add-ins are causing this other issue?

    Give as much detail as you can and you may get more help.

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