Inconsistency in xfce4-mime-settings

Bug #1802582 reported by melolontha
This bug affects 1 person
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xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This bug report pertains to Xubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. My current kernel is 4.4.0-116-generic x86_64.

Mime types can not be changed consistently. My attached bug report shows the details with screenshots for which I did not find out how to post them here. So look at the attachment, please.

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Theo Linkspfeifer (lastonestanding) wrote :

There is no attachment.

affects: xorg-server (Ubuntu) → xfce4-settings (Ubuntu)
Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
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Adalbert Hanßen (melolontha) wrote :

Sorry, I thought it was attached. Hope it works this time.

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Theo Linkspfeifer (lastonestanding) wrote :

How did you install the newer LibreOffice version? I assume via snap, or?

I tried to reproduce it in 18.04, but I did not encounter the problem.

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Adalbert Hanßen (melolontha) wrote :
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How I installed LO6.1?
I downloaded LibreOffice_6.1.2_Linux_x86-64_deb.tar.gz and unpacked it to my directory

Then I did this lkogged in with the administrator credentials:

administrator@administrator-W530:~$ cd /home/administrator/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.1.2.1_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS/
administrator@administrator-W530:~/Downloads/LibreOffice_6.1.2.1_Linux_x86-64_deb/DEBS$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
[sudo] Passwort für administrator:
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-base wird gewählt.
(Lese Datenbank ... 256284 Dateien und Verzeichnisse sind derzeit installiert.)
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-base_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-base ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-calc wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-calc_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-calc ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-core wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-core_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-core ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-draw wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-draw_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-draw ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-en-us wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-en-us_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-en-us ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-beanshell-script-provider wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-beanshell-script-provider_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-beanshell-script-provider ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-javascript-script-provider wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-javascript-script-provider_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-javascript-script-provider ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-mediawiki-publisher wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-mediawiki-publisher_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-mediawiki-publisher ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-nlpsolver wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-nlpsolver_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-nlpsolver ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-pdf-import wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-pdf-import_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-pdf-import ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-extension-report-builder wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-report-builder_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis6.1-extension-report-builder ( ...
Vormals nicht ausgewähltes Paket libobasis6.1-firebird wird gewählt.
Vorbereitung zum Entpacken von libobasis6.1-firebird_6.1.2.1-1_amd64.deb ...
Entpacken von libobasis...

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Theo Linkspfeifer (lastonestanding) wrote :

I tried this method too, and it works fine in 18.04 also. It is possible that the bug is not easily reproducible or specific to the version in 16.04.

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Adalbert Hanßen (melolontha) wrote :

"specific to the version in 16.04": That may be possible.

Fortunately I happened to find the workaround how to change a MIME setting despite xfce4-mime-settings refuses to alter some of the settings by first associating the file browser to a file type and then my specific version of LO. So the next one who gets trapped hopefully finds this discussion and even more hopefully, he/she finds my workaround (which is a bit hard to find since my whole report is in the attachment because I could not include screenshots into my initial posting).

It looks like the settings are stored per user in his home-directory's .config path, specifically in ~/.config/mimeapps.list. Would it be possible to change things here using a text editor?

Unfortunately xfce4-mime-settings does not allow to search or even search/replace so changing the associations is a tedious job. At least one can sort the list by the second column such that all LO entries are close to each other.

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Theo Linkspfeifer (lastonestanding) wrote :

After reading through your PDF file again I now understand the problem.

Xubunbu ships with a custom mimeapps.list file [1] which has various types associated with LibreOffice programs, so installing LibreOffice6.1 will not override those. The solution for this is easy: remove the preinstalled LibreOffice.

Furthermore, entries containing "macroEnabled" probably need to be changed to lowercase-only [2].


affects: xfce4-settings (Ubuntu) → xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
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Sean Davis (bluesabre) wrote :
Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package xubuntu-default-settings - 19.04

xubuntu-default-settings (19.04) disco; urgency=medium

  * Add Terminal (F4) and Find (Primary+Shift+F) shortcuts to Thunar (LP: #1793395)
    - etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/Thunar/accels.scm
    - etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/Thunar/
  * debian/xubuntu-default-settings.gsettings-override:
    - Set GNOME/GTK 3 dconf keys for fonts (LP: #1769774)
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/autostart/xfce4-tips-autostart.desktop
    - Removed, obsolete (LP: #1805005)
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/Thunar/
    - Enable startup-notify in Thunar's uca.xml (LP: #1794118)
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts.xml:
    - Add shortcut for xfce4-screenshooter region capture (Shift+Print) (LP: #1812234)
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfce4-power-manager.xml:
    - Set default inactivity mode to Suspend on AC and battery (LP: #1768038)
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/xfprint.xml
    - Removed, obsolete (LP: #1805007)
  * usr/share/xubuntu/applications/defaults.list:
    - Replace invalid macroEnabled mimetypes (LP: #1802582)
    - Remove invalid x-scheme-handler/file handler (LP: #1778069)

 -- Sean Davis <email address hidden> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:44:14 -0500

Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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