update-desktop-database - Build cache database of MIME types handled by
   desktop files


   update-desktop-database [-q|--quiet] [-v|--verbose] [DIRECTORY...]


   The update-desktop-database program is a tool to build a cache database
   of the MIME types handled by desktop files.

   The  cache database contains the list of MIME types that can be handled
   by desktop files, as well as, for each MIME type,  a  list  of  desktop
   files that can handle this MIME type. This cache database ease the work
   of applications that need to  find  an  application  that  can  open  a
   document  of  a specific MIME type: those applications will not have to
   parse all the desktop files existing on the  system,  and  can  instead
   parse this cache database.

   If  no  DIRECTORY is specified as argument, the desktop files that will
   be processed are the ones installed in $XDG_DATA_DIRS/applications.

   If both the --quiet and --verbose options are used, then --verbose will
   be ignored.


   The following options are supported:

   -q, --quiet
          Do  not  display  any  information about processing and updating

   -v, --verbose
          Display more information about processing and updating progress.


   If an invalid MIME type is met, it will be ignored and the creation  of
   the cache database will continue.

   The format of the cache database is a simple desktop entry format, with
   a MIME Cache group, containing one key per MIME type. The key  name  is
   the  MIME  type, and the key value is the list of desktop file that can
   handle this MIME type.

   The  order  of  the  desktop  files  found  for  a  MIME  type  is  not
   significant.    Therefore,  an  external  mechanism  must  be  used  to
   determine what is the preferred desktop file for a MIME type.


   Here is a simple example of a cache database:

           [MIME Cache]

   This  cache  database  is  created  with  three  desktop  files,   each
   containing a MimeType key:

           gedit.desktop: MimeType=text/plain;application/x-shellscript;
           gvim.desktop: MimeType=text/plain;
           totem.desktop: MimeType=video/webm;



          This  file  is  the  cache  database  created by update-desktop-


   If you find bugs in the update-desktop-database program, please  report
   these on https://bugs.freedesktop.org.

                            FREEDESKTOP.ORG     UPDATE-DESKTOP-DATABASE(1)


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