Re: Debian package icon

On Wed, 2004-03-10 at 05:58, Ryan McDougall wrote:
> Jerry, the gist of the thread is that this is currently the best way we
> have to do it. Problems with sniffing conflicting with extensions are
> caused by the new mime back end from freedesktop, and are bugs. Please
> report them.
> I think Ross could have been more constructive.

Yes, probably.  Sorry about that, maybe I should stay away from email
when work is stressful.

If you have a spare hour or so, there have been some *very* long threads
on this list about mime detection. Buried in them are two, maybe three
good insightful posts.

I'll extend on Ryan's post by saying that nautilus does a two-pass mime
detection for speed -- mime type sniffing is very slow, so is done as
required.  If the type changes when you click, then either the extension
is wrong, or you've found a shared-mime-info bug.  There were lots of
cases of the later recently (.deb/.ar, exe -> core, etc), but that bug
has been fixed now.

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