File associations in Linux

Jacob Schmude jacobs at
Sun Apr 16 23:03:18 EDT 2000

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Certainly! First, look at your lynx.cfg and make sure it has
"GLOBAL_MAILCAP" or something like that defined, and edit that file it
refers to. On redhat and debian systems its /etc/mailcap but on
slackware, the user needs to define this. Now, look at your mime.types
(usually /etc/mime.types, but on slackware this needs to be created as
well) and see if it has entries for the pls extension. If not, add a
mime type. Your mime type and the server's mime type must match, use D
in links and it will give you a content-type. Mine looks like this:
audio/x-scpls pls
Then go back to lynx.cfg and make sure it has the global mime type file
set to /etc/mime.types. Now here comes some bad news. Some servers, ACB
radio for example, have the pls file as text/plain. In this situation,
you don't want to have freeamp played on the text/plain mime type, so
you can't do anything except download the pls file and set freeamp loose
on it. However, if it has a mime type for pls and you've added it, now
put the following in your /etc/mailcap file (or wherever you defined it
to be in lynx.cfg):
audio/x-scpls; freeamp %s (substitute the mime type if necessary)

That's it. The same thing applies to other file types as well.

On Sun, 16 Apr 2000, Victor Tsaran wrote:

> Hello, listers!
> I understand that in order for, say, Lynx to recognize .pls files as those
> to be played by FreeAmp, one needs to edit .mailcap file. However, is there
> such a thing to have these associations to be applied accross the whole
> operating environment?
> thanks in advance,
> Vic
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