Bug 62415 - gnome-mime-data should be integrated with file (/usr/share/magic) and /etc/mailcap.
gnome-mime-data should be integrated with file (/usr/share/magic) and /etc/ma...
Product: Red Hat Public Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: gnome-mime-data (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
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Reported: 2002-03-31 09:31 EST by W. Michael Petullo
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Description W. Michael Petullo 2002-03-31 09:31:25 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 Galeon/1.2.0 (X11; Linux i686; U;) Gecko/20020311

Description of problem:
I recently upgraded to the newest version of gnome-mime-data.

Gnome-mime-data includes some mime type databases which seem redundant.

/etc/gnome-vfs-mime-magic should be integrated with file's magic database
(/usr/share/magic on my system).

/usr/share/mime-info/gnome-vfs.mime should be integrated with /etc/mime.types.

/etc/mailcap should also be used by GNOME.


If gnome-mime-data was integrated with the more traditional databases such as
/etc/mime.types and /usr/share/magic, non-GNOME applications, such as file and
mutt, could take advantage of GNOME database updates.

Perhaps FHS or LSB should add mention of MIME related databases.  This work
should really be shared with KDE, command line tools, etc.  

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Notice that Skipjack includes /etc/gnome-vfs-mime-magic and /usr/share/magic

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Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-04-01 14:34:03 EST
You might look at http://www.freedesktop.org, go to about->gettinginvolved
and check over the recent archives of xdg-list, there's some discussion of 
this topic.

I think there's some reason people don't use the existing /usr/share/magic but
I'm not sure what it is.

I'll probably move this bug upstream shortly.
Comment 2 W. Michael Petullo 2002-04-12 16:29:01 EDT
The folks at freedesktop.org have been discussing this issue.  After some
discussion on the XDG mailing list,
https://listman.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/xdg-list, a draft MIME-info database
standard was published.  The subject of the mail thread was "Central MIME info
database."  The standard is available at
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~tal00r/info.html.  Please take a look -- it is a start.
Comment 3 Havoc Pennington 2002-07-02 19:24:23 EDT
There's more upstream progress on this in the works.
Comment 4 Havoc Pennington 2002-07-05 17:51:25 EDT
I'm going to close this bug on the Red Hat level; the work here is 
going to come from upstream, with help from some people here, but 
in any case we don't need a Red Hat specific bug in order to be sure 
it happens.

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