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Old 24th March 2008, 09:25 AM
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Default XFCE Apps

Hey all... been awhile since I asked something, so I think I'm entitled. My google skills aren't helping.

Giving xfce4 a spin - got it pretty tricked out and it's still relatively fast (not fluxbox fast, but fast) I'm aware in XFCE you can go to Xfce Menu -> Settings -> Preferred Applications. But the choices there are pretty lean - just the default browser, e-mail client, and terminal.

I'd like to change some other defaults but I'm not seeing where. Maybe a config file somewhere? (Mainly it's that it's loading up Nautilus I think and I want to try out Thunar even though I typically manage file through a terminal editor; plus I like a lighter default text editor.)

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Old 24th March 2008, 10:39 AM
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??? I just installed the XFCE4-LiveCD F8 spin yesterday, and I get Thunar as default file browser, mousepad as default text editor (CAUTION: mousepad does not auto-back-up changed files like more "advanced" editors, as I found out)....

XFCE Menu=>Settings=>there's a settings manager that wraps most of the settings dialogs into one window.

Sorry, can't help any more than that, I'm still learning XFCE myself....

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Old 24th March 2008, 07:27 PM
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Hmm... well, this is an install I ran off the standard Fedora 8 DVD release (not a respin). So, it's forcing GNOME apps in XFCE.

Right now, nautilus is the default file manager and Gedit is the default text editor. Like I said, no biggy, but the good news is that based on what you're telling me there must be a place to change it. Now to find it.
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Old 24th March 2008, 08:37 PM
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It's gotta be somewhere in the ~/.config/xfce4/ folder....

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Old 24th March 2008, 11:41 PM
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It's gotta be somewhere in the ~/.config/xfce4/ folder....

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Okay... it may be ~/.config/xfce4/helpers.rc. Mine is pretty empty:
Code:
$ cat helpers.rc 
TerminalEmulator=custom-TerminalEmulator
I'll keep digging. I'm guessing that's where it's controlled but there's not much out there about how to edit it.
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Old 24th March 2008, 11:59 PM
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Yep, that's the file. Here's mine on the box with the XFCE4 install:
Code:
[Vince@presario Mon Mar 24 17:53:36 ~]$ cat /mnt/etower/shared/helpers.rc
WebBrowser=opera-browser
MailReader=sylpheed-claws

[Vince@presario Mon Mar 24 17:53:49 ~]$
But I don't know the tags to specify the default file manager or text editor...maybe try: "FileManager=thunar" and "Editor=mousepad"???

P.S. The global default file appears to be /etc/xdg/xfce4/helpers.rc

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