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       /etc/mailcap.order - the mailcap ordering specifications


       The   order   of  entries  in  the  /etc/mailcap  file  can  be  altered  by  editing  the
       /etc/mailcap.order file.  Each line of that file specifies a package and an optional  mime
       type.   Mailcap entries that match will be placed in the order of this file.  Entries that
       don't match will be placed later.


       The above would make any entries provided by the mime-support package  (as  found  in  the
       /usr/lib/mime/packages directory) take priority over everything else.  The gv package will
       be used over anything else when it comes to postscript documents.  Netscape will  be  used
       for  any  html documents and less will be used for any remaining text documents.  However,
       since neither netscape or less provide for editing documents, any edit or compose  actions
       will fall through to the emacs rules.

       After modifying this file, be sure to run /usr/sbin/update-mime (as root) to propagate the
       changes into the /etc/mailcap file.

       Remember that this files takes package names and not executable names.   If  you  want  to
       define  rules  that  reference  specific  programs,  the  best  way  is to include them in
       ~/.mailcap or the user section of the /etc/mailcap file.


       There is currently no way to break out a certain type  from  a  wildcard  rule.   If,  for
       example, both xv and gimp were to specify "image/*" rules, it isn't possible to use xv for
       gif images but use gimp for jpeg images.

       Also, I would like to add the ability to  specify  certain  actions  in  the  rules.   For
       example,  if  netscape  were  to  have  an  edit  rule  but  I  wanted  to  use  emacs for
       editing/creating html documents, I could place a line like

         emacs:text/* action=edit|compose

       before the netscape entry.  The update-mime program would then spit out entries such  that
       netscape  view rule comes before the emacs view rule but have the netscape edit rule comes
       after the emacs edit rule.


       mailcap(5) run-mailcap(1) update-mime(8)


       The mailcap.order specification was written by Brian White <>