Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 160860
RFE: Add ability to launch external editors on resources based on Freedesktop.org mime actions specification
Last modified: 2013-03-01 03:57:41 EST
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Description of problem:
Freedesktop.org has a system for registering applications, mimetypes, and the mappings between them, so you can query to e.g. find all applications that can open PNG files.
The specification is here:
(This is implemented by the GNOME VFS library, btw)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Right-click on a resource of a type that isn't supported by Eclipse's File Associations mapping
2. Look at "Open With..." context submenu
Actual Results: Open With... submenu has options:
Expected Results: Suggest that if the mimetype is known about by the freedesktop.org mime database and there are registered applications that can handled it, the Open With... menu should have a separator, followed by all applications in the local freedesktop.org application mapping for that mimetype.
So e.g. for a PNG file it would offer to:
Open with "The GIMP"
Open with "eog"
Eclipse honours the freedesktop.org MIME system using gnome-vfs via the SWT
The "Open With... > System Editor" functionality is implemented using the SWT
Program API, which uses gnome_vfs_url_show() (same as gnome-open).
This feature request must be done in two parts, first, the SWT Program API would
need to be extended to support some way of returning multiple results for a file
type or filename. I have opened this feature request:
Once this is done, the Eclipse UI would need to be changed to add more options
to their Open With context menus in the appropriate places.
The UI would be greatly improved as well if rather than saying "System Editor"
it actually said what it was going to do, e.g. System Editor: The GIMP" (and
then had the other options listed after a separator).
(Icons for the different applications would be nice too!)
While that sounds like an easy change, it would mean we couldn't use
gnome_vfs_url_show(), we'd have to first determine the MIME type of the file and
then get the application for that MIME type. I like using gnome_vfs_url_show()
has the advantage that it is clean and consistent with gnome-open.
Regardless, we should really have this discussion in the Eclipse bugzilla, and
nothing can be done lightly as it will require researching what is available on
the other platforms first.
Should we close this as upstream or do we want to hack our packages to have this
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database. Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
I'm closing as upstream as no work is happening here for 8 years and the default case (use system editor) is already implemented for long time. For the rest there is bug upstream so things should be tracked there.