File associations in Linux

Victor Tsaran vtsaran at
Mon Apr 17 04:37:02 EDT 2000

Thanks, Jacob!
That was very useful. Gonna try it now.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jacob Schmude" <jacobs at>
To: <speakup at>
Cc: "Speakup List" <speakup at>
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2000 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: File associations in Linux

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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
> > to be played by FreeAmp, one needs to edit .mailcap file. However, is
> > such a thing to have these associations to be applied accross the whole
> > operating environment?
> > thanks in advance,
> > Vic
> >
> >
> >
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