mc.ext is problematic by nature

Hi List,

Upon reinstalling Linux I had to face mc.ext having lots of
associations that refer to outdated applications.  This is a specific
case but there's a general problem.

The first problem is that MC is supposed to be a cross-platform file
manager and as such it's not possible to cherry-pick applications that
are the best on every platform.  The second problem is that these
applications are in flux and the most popular ones will change by

There are lots of tickets requesting mc.ext changes because of the
above.  On the long run this is a fight against windmills.

Has anybody considered using platform-specific native registries of
file associations instead of using mc.ext?

(Maybe mc.ext shouldn't be deprecated but platform-specific native
registries should be the default and those could be overridden in

László Monda <>

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