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Re: PSPP-BUG: File filter in dialog box

From: Renan Levine
Subject: Re: PSPP-BUG: File filter in dialog box
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 07:42:53 -0500
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Dear John,
I wish I could be of greater assistance in this matter and appreciate your adept diagnoses. As Harry notes, this issue did not exist in previous builds.

On 08-Nov-11 7:40 AM, John Darrington wrote:
On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 at 07:13:22AM -0500, Renan Levine wrote:
On 08-Nov-11 4:26 AM, John Darrington wrote:

Re: Mime types
Presumably if SPSS has previously been installed on the machine, then
it is already done.
Never have installed SPSS. PSPP has been installed and the system
registry does associate .sav and .por with PSPP... At least to the
extent to which the icons from PSPP are correctly used and when
double-clicking on the file in finder, these files open in PSPPIRE.
But this is a separate issue.  The filter in the File Open dialog looks at the
mime types, not the file extensions.  For example, when "Portable Files" is 
only those files which have a mimetype of "application/x-spss-por" are 
If it fails to determine the mimetype, then it won't show up.  On Freedesktop
compliant systems, the OS looks at the first few bytes of a file for the 'magic'
by which it knows the mimetype.

I don't know how it's supposed to work on Windows.  We need to find out in 
order to fix

Renan Levine
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto - Scarborough
(416) 208-2651

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