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mime-support 2.0alpha-1 released -- please comment



This is the alpha version of the new mime-support package.

It is currently in private/project/Incoming and will eventually
move into the experimental directory.


This version allows other packages a way to cleanly install
themselves into the /etc/mailcap file.  Here are some examples
I put together:  (taken from "basic-mime" in the source archive)

# A really basic way to access text files
install-mime	--install --package=mime-support --content=text/plain \
		--description="Plain ASCII Text" --textualnewlines=t \
		--view=more --compose="ae %s" --edit="ae %s" --needsterminal=t

# Viewing debian packages (under XWindows) will list their files in a window
install-mime	--install --package=mime-support \
		--content=application/x-debian-package \
		--description="A Debian package" --nametemplate="*.deb" \
		--test='test "$DISPLAY" != ""' \
  --view='xterm -T "Debian Package" -e sh -c "dpkg-deb --contents %s | more"'

# Viewing debian packages will list their files to stdout (put _after_ above)
install-mime	--install --package=mime-support \
		--content=application/x-debian-package \
		--view="dpkg-deb --contents %s" --needsterminal=t


If "install-mime" encounters multiple ways to view/compose/edit/etc the
same content-type, it will bring up a list and ask what priority the
method being install should have.  This way, installing/upgrading packages
will not necessarily change what actions are taken.

A man-page is included, as well as the appropriate RFC.

Note:  Netscape does not appear to honor the "needsterminal" flag.


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Date: 03 May 96 17:15 UT
Format: 1.4
Distribution: Development
Priority: Low
Maintainer: Brian White <bcwhite@pobox.com>
Source: mime-support
Binary: mime-support
Architecture: i386 source
Version: 2.0alpha-1
Description: 
 mime-support: MIME files 'mime.types' and 'mailcap'
 -  As these files can be used by all MIME compliant programs, they
 -  have been moved into their own package that others can depend upon.
 -  .
 -  Other packages add themselves as viewers/editors/composers/etc. by
 -  using the "install-mime" program.
Changes:
 -  Alpha-test version (first release)
 -  FEEDBACK REQUESTED!
Files:
 d4187740e8a3369d75b918ab903f2a31  17352  experimental
mime-support-2.0alpha-1.tar.gz
 f5b233789c86682d2451d8740f3c0b52  18619  experimental
mime-support-2.0alpha-1.deb

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                                        Brian
                               ( bcwhite@verisim.com )

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