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Post#1 by rych » 19 Sep 2022, 10:59

We sometimes need to make a .desktop file to integrate an App into a Start menu and so on. Or, to edit an existing one.

For example, right now I'm trying to make VLC player to open a whole folder by editing the /usr/share/applications/vlc.desktop I've prepended a inode/directory; on the appropriate (?) line as follows:

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MimeType=inode/directory;application/ogg...
However VLC does not show in the right click context menu in SpaceFM for a folder. Interestingly, the "mpv Media Player" is there, yet if we look at the mpv.desktop there is no mentioning of the word "directory" -- it's a mystery how it appears in the list then.

Once I figure this out (help appreciated) I'll add the instruction here and it'd make a nice "tutorial" :)

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Post#2 by ncmprhnsbl » 19 Sep 2022, 12:00

rych wrote:
19 Sep 2022, 10:59
However VLC does not show in the right click context menu in SpaceFM for a folder. Interestingly, the "mpv Media Player" is there, yet if we look at the mpv.desktop there is no mentioning of the word "directory" -- it's a mystery how it appears in the list then.
couple of things: after editing a /usr/share/applications/*.desktop, run (as root) update-desktop-database to update /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache

alternatively, take a look at ~/.config/mimeapps.list ..for openbox/spacefm, it looks like this:

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[Default Applications]
inode/directory=spacefm.desktop;mpv.desktop;pcmanfm-create-module.desktop;pcmanfm-create-zstd-module.desktop;

[Added Associations]
inode/directory=spacefm.desktop;mpv.desktop;pcmanfm-create-module.desktop;pcmanfm-create-zstd-module.desktop;
adding vlc.desktop should work , as presumably it works for mpv.. this can be done from spacefm's rclick menu too under Open with>choose(or smthing like) ...other filemanagers are similar.. give or take.. sometimes under properties..
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Post#3 by rych » 20 Sep 2022, 09:08

ncmprhnsbl wrote:
19 Sep 2022, 12:00
couple of things
Fantastic. It actually appeared after reboot -- but no need, as we can update-desktop-database. (I tried running update-mime-database /root/.local/share/mime; update-mime-database /usr/share/mime without success before)
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alternatively, take a look at ~/.config/mimeapps.list
-- an interesting alternative, right now vlc.desktop doesn't appear there, indeed it seems to be a separate special list and explains why mpv.desktop has been included for folders without claiming the corresponding MimeType (exactly inode/directory and not x-directory/normal or anything else) inherently.

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Post#4 by ncmprhnsbl » 20 Sep 2022, 10:10

rych wrote:
20 Sep 2022, 09:08
Fantastic. It actually appeared after reboot -- but no need, as we can update-desktop-database.
yeah, update-desktop-database also gets run when activating(and deactivating) modules too..
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Post#5 by rych » 11 Jun 2024, 12:33

ncmprhnsbl, I think I need your help again about this topic please

When in SpaceFm, under root, I double-click on a binary executable ( application/x-executable ), or a shell script ( application/x-shellscript )... it prompts me to choose an Application or Command from a list. That list doesn't simply doesn't contain the Execute command so can't set it as a default for these files from now on

I have to right-click and choose the first entry from the context menu which is precisely the Execute command I want with the 2 cogs icon -- and it runs.

How do I make that a default action on a double-click?


I've looked at
ncmprhnsbl wrote:
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take a look at ~/.config/mimeapps.list ..for openbox/spacefm
but it does not mention any application/x-executable or application/x-shellscript

Perhaps, such a convenience is forbidden for root?!

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Post#6 by tome » 11 Jun 2024, 16:15

hello rych, add executable permissions to these files.
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Post#7 by rych » 12 Jun 2024, 10:34

tome wrote:
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executable permissions
are already set of course. That's what I mean by
rych wrote:
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and it runs
-- eventually runs when I choose the "Execute" entry from the context menu. In fact, I've just removed the "executable permissions" from the file, and now the entry "Execute" isn't even in the context menu. So, SpaceFM does recognize the file as executable. It just doesn't offer a way to set "Execute" as a default action. For years now I've had to right clikc and choose "Execute" from there, and I'm tired of this extra step. Want to just run on a double-click, would be more natural.

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Post#8 by ncmprhnsbl » 14 Jun 2024, 01:33

rych wrote:
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It just doesn't offer a way to set "Execute" as a default action.
:D > spacefm > view > preferences > interface > "clicks run executable" > :tick:
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Post#9 by rych » 14 Jun 2024, 10:17

ncmprhnsbl wrote:
14 Jun 2024, 01:33
> spacefm > view > preferences > interface > "clicks run executable" > :tick:
Wow! So simple and so ...GUI, indeed other File managers were actually working, and now with that tick SpaceFm does too. Thanks :) (Maybe I'm getting old)

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