uncertain about mimetype desktop files

David Faure faure at kde.org
Sat Dec 17 10:08:01 GMT 2005

On Saturday 17 December 2005 10:50, Jens Herden wrote:
> Hi,
> I discovered in x-tex-pk.desktop mimetype the entry:
> 	Patterns=*pk;*PK;
> The consequence is that every file with a name pk is a packed font :-(
> I guess this should be *.pk and *.PK ?

I guess so too, IMHO you can go ahead and make that change.

> Maybe related to this in  x-tex-gf.desktop the entry:
> 	Patterns=*.*gf;*.*GF;
> This is very unusual because of the * in the extention. 

This looks wrong too.

http://www.math.utah.edu/~beebe/fonts/metafont.html says
"Metafont font format
The output of metafont is a bitmap font file in .gf (generic font) format. 
This is normally immediately converted to a more compact, but equivalent, 
packed .pk format with Tom Rokicki's gftopk  utility; pktogf is available to 
go in the reverse direction."

OK, this confirms both .gf and .pk.

> I also found some files without any Pattern:
> x-awk.desktop
> x-mswrite.desktop
> x-sharedlib.desktop
> x-sqlite2.desktop
> x-sqlite3.desktop
> What is the reason for this?

We don't only use extensions to find out the mimetype of a file, we also
use the contents, when the extension is unknown, with the so-called "Mime 
Magic" mechanism. So this is fine.

> Does KDE get the mimetypes from somewhere else so that this should be fixed 
> somewhere upstream?

Not at the moment. But you could check that the shared mimetype standard on
freedesktop.org has the right stuff. Let's see...

Hmm, apparently it has the *pk bug and the *.*gf bug, obviously from the kde 
mimetypes. Can you report a bug on 

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