[TxMt] The file association war

Trevor Harmon trevor at vocaro.com
Wed Sep 20 03:09:48 UTC 2006

On Sep 19, 2006, at 7:21 PM, Charilaos Skiadas wrote:

> So you really should only have to do this only once for every file  
> type.

"Every file type" is the problem. RCDefaultApp reports that there are  
about *50* different extensions associated with BBEdit and XCode. I  
don't want to go through and manually change every one of those  
mappings. And what happens if I install yet another editor or, say, a  
new version of BBEdit? I'll have to go back and change all those  
associations *again*. Surely there's an easier way? I guess I could  
always resort to writing some AppleScript, assuming that would work...

I suppose I'm also asking the broader question of why apps like  
TextMate/BBEdit/etc. have to associate themselves with anything to  
begin with. For example, when I install two C++ editors, they fight  
for the .cc association, and I guess whichever one is installed last  
wins. Seems like a rather weak way of managing file associations.


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