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Bug 160860 - RFE: Add ability to launch external editors on resources based on mime actions specification
Summary: RFE: Add ability to launch external editors on resources based on Freedesktop...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: eclipse
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alexander Kurtakov
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-06-17 20:53 UTC by Dave Malcolm
Modified: 2013-03-01 08:57 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2013-03-01 08:57:41 UTC

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Description Dave Malcolm 2005-06-17 20:53:23 UTC
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User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050524 Fedora/1.0.4-4 Firefox/1.0.4

Description of problem: has a system for registering applications, mimetypes, and the mappings between them, so you can query to e.g. find all applications that can open PNG files.

The specification is here:

(This is implemented by the GNOME VFS library, btw)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Right-click on a resource of a type that isn't supported by Eclipse's File Associations mapping
2.  Look at "Open With..." context submenu

Actual Results:  Open With... submenu has options:
  Text Editor
  System Editor
  Default Editor

Expected Results:  Suggest that if the mimetype is known about by the mime database and there are registered applications that can handled it, the Open With... menu  should have a separator, followed by all applications in the local application mapping for that mimetype.

So e.g. for a PNG file it would offer to:
  Open with "The GIMP"
  Open with "eog"

Additional info:

Comment 1 Billy Biggs 2005-06-17 21:17:31 UTC
Eclipse honours the MIME system using gnome-vfs via the SWT
Program API.

The "Open With... > System Editor" functionality is implemented using the SWT
Program API, which uses gnome_vfs_url_show() (same as gnome-open).  

This feature request must be done in two parts, first, the SWT Program API would
need to be extended to support some way of returning multiple results for a file
type or filename.  I have opened this feature request:

Once this is done, the Eclipse UI would need to be changed to add more options
to their Open With context menus in the appropriate places.

Comment 2 Dave Malcolm 2005-06-17 21:48:53 UTC
The UI would be greatly improved as well if rather than saying "System Editor"
it actually said what it was going to do, e.g. System Editor: The GIMP" (and
then had the other options listed after a separator).

(Icons for the different applications would be nice too!)

Comment 3 Billy Biggs 2005-06-17 22:01:02 UTC
While that sounds like an easy change, it would mean we couldn't use
gnome_vfs_url_show(), we'd have to first determine the MIME type of the file and
then get the application for that MIME type.  I like using gnome_vfs_url_show()
has the advantage that it is clean and consistent with gnome-open.

Regardless, we should really have this discussion in the Eclipse bugzilla, and
nothing can be done lightly as it will require researching what is available on
the other platforms first.

Comment 4 Andrew Overholt 2006-05-16 19:25:16 UTC
Should we close this as upstream or do we want to hack our packages to have this

Comment 5 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2010-08-31 15:58:58 UTC
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.

Comment 6 Alexander Kurtakov 2013-03-01 08:57:41 UTC
I'm closing as upstream as no work is happening here for 8 years and the default case (use system editor) is already implemented for long time. For the rest there is bug upstream so things should be tracked there.

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