Programatically change which opens a file type

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Old 08-13-2009
Question Programatically change which opens a file type

Hi there,

If we have 2 apps on our customers machines that can both open files of a certain file extension, is there any way via shell commands to set which application should be the default?

Essentially, I'm hoping to replicate Get Info > Open With > Change All, but using a script.

Thanks in advance!
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tomboy - A simple note-taking application for Gnome SYNOPSIS
This manual page documents briefly the tomboy command. Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application for Linux and Unix. Simple and easy to use, but with potential to help you organize the ideas and information you deal with every day. Tomboy's usefulness lies in the ability to relate notes and ideas together, using a WikiWiki-like linking system. When run without any options, the Tomboy note menu appears in the Gnome Panel's notification tray area. Selecting a note from the menu displays the note's spatial window. Changes to notes are saved automatically. Links to URLs, files, and other notes are detected as you type. Rich editing such as highlight- ing, bold, italics, undo/redo, and variable font sizes are supported. Global keybindings exist to allow fast access to Tomboy notes and dialogs. These keybindings are set in GConf (see below) and may be acti- vated from any application. OPTIONS
The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with options starting with two dashes (`--'). A summary of options are included below. --new-note Create and display a new note. --new-note TITLE Create and display a new note with the title given. --open-note TITLE/URL Display the existing note matching TITLE or URL. --start-here Display the "Start Here" note. --highlight-search TEXT Search and highlight TEXT in the opened note. --help Show summary of options. --version Show version of program. GCONF SETTINGS
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