[Cialug] MIME TYPE question
Nathan C. Smith
smith at ipmvs.com
Sun Jun 12 20:11:34 CDT 2005
I believe all openoffice files are actually stored in a zip file- with the
extension you have seen. They can be unzipped and the components of the
file are inside.
I don't know why your system has the .odt files associated with zip though.
From: Travis Beaty [mailto:listaddy at technomajian.net]
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 6:04 PM
To: Central Iowa Linux Users Group
Subject: [Cialug] MIME TYPE question
I've googled this, and haven't managed to find an answer, so I'm hoping
someone here could help out.
I have a file in "Open Document" format, extension .odt. Currently,
this file has the mime-type of application/zip. An entry has been made
by OpenOffice in the Gnome "File Types and Programs" dialog for this
file, and it reports the mime-type as being
Although the file has the .odt extension, OpenOffice is not one of the
available applications to handle this file when I right click it in
Nautilus. I am assuming (but don't know) that the problem is because of
the bad mime-type. I could change the association for that file as it
is to be opened using OpenOffice, but it seems to me that OpenOffice
would also be opening anything else with the application/zip mime type,
which may cause me to have A Very Bad Day in the Cornfield.
So, the question is this: how to I modify the mime-type in this
particular file? I've noticed that every time I save a file in .odt
format via OpenOffice, it is being given the application/zip mime-type.
Who do I blame for this fiasco? OpenOffice, Gnome, or a botched setting
on my part? I may be suffering here from my poor knowledge of mime
types in general.
Yes, I know, that grew into three questions while I wasn't looking.
I would appreciate any advice you could give me on this. It's not a
showstopper, but it is annoying as hell.
Distro: Suse 9.2
File System: ReiserFS
Desktop: Gnome 2.6
File Manager: Nautilus 2.6.3
OpenOffice: OpenOffice 1.9.104
Machine: Toshiba Satellite M-35X 256M RAM
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