[OS X TeX] pdf in Safari et al

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Jan 21 19:20:23 EST 2007

On Jan 21, 2007, at 16:05, Peter Dyballa wrote:

> Am 22.01.2007 um 00:44 schrieb Robert Bruner:
>> Coming to OS X from a Unix/Linux background, I am astonished that
>> there is no mime.types sort of mechanism for telling Safari what
>> program to use to interpret data, e.g., .pdf files.
>> Is this really true?
> There are means that explain to all programmes which application  
> should handle which kind of file. In Tiger, Mac OS X 10.4, the  
> Launch Service handles this area (UTI: Universal Type Identifier).  
> The RCDefaultApp Preference Pane for the System Preferences allows  
> to change some things – 'though newly installed or updated  
> applications can change these settings upon their installation. And  
> there are many such "helpful" applications ...

In general, applications shouldn't set this except at user request;  
what applications are you aware of that set this upon installation?   
It may appear that a newly installed application does this, but I  
suspect it's often because the user hasn't explicitly specified a  
binding, and the most recently installed application appears to take  

-- adam
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