@zarniwhoop - thanks! I do have that xdg stuff installed. On the last command, it wanted
xdg-mime default gimp.desktop image/x-xcfor maybe xdg-mime default /
@zarniwhoop - do you not use any file manager at all? I really like dolphin and konsole plus geany and bluefish for compiling software and writing/modifying code. I like dolphin’s little terminal at the bottom and konsole’s multitabs. For awhile I was using urxvt and spacefm. Though spacefm is pretty nice I never could get the hang of setting up urxvt.
@ff2000 - do you know what is the software package that installs the “system settings”? Is that part of Plasma or something? Is there a command line equivalent to the specific system settings options for modifying file type associations?
In SpaceFM I can delete file associations similarly as you describe. For some reason in Dolphin the little “spanner” icon box with the words “File type” doesn’t do anything, the option to modify file type information is in the UI, but clicking the box doesn’t do anything. Maybe I’m missing a library associated with Dolphin.
Trying to put some context to this issue of associating programs with file types, at least for me, there is no one single application that qualifies as “the one and only” for opening various image file types. So the concept of “default” software for opening a given file type is just useless, it’s a box into which my actual way of using software doesn’t fit.
For example, I have GIMP installed in several different prefixes and I use all the different prefixes. And I have several raw processors installed and I use all of them. Similarly with tiffs and pngs and etc.
“Open with” seems to relentlessly add new stuff to the list even when it’s a program that maybe I’ll never use again or only once a year. And each new “open with” seems to go to the top of the list.
What might be more helpful would be a way to prioritize the list so “seldom used” goes to the bottom of the list. Though I’m sure that would have landmines everywhere when trying to code up an actual implementation.
Hopefully with the xdg commands and SpaceFM (because Dolphin seem to be missing critical functionality on my Gentoo install) I can reorganize and prune all the associated file types into something more comfortable to use.
If you all hadn’t provided feedback and suggestions I’d probably be throwing stuff at my screen by now. Dragging files to the desktop files is something I’d never have thought of on my own, and likewise with the xdg commands, and pointing to the dolphin “file type” dialog jogged my memory enough so that I reinstalled SpaceFM.
@afre, yes, thanks! I did find the edit icon in PhotoFlow and was able to set an “area” white balance. For some reason the box isn’t drawn, but that’s OK as the white balance is still set anyway.