Fixing the broken “Open With…” command in Linux Mint/MATE

It’s annoyed me for a long time that when you’re using the Caja file manager in Linux Mint’s MATE desktop, the “Open With…” dialog is broken. I often want to open a folder in VLC and every time I have to select other… then scroll through the list and select VLC. It never “remembers” the association as an alternative for folders.

The fix is to edit the file ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list and add the following line in the “Added Associations” section:

[Added Associations]

And restart Caja to force a re-read of the file.
$ killall caja

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