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graphml files no longer associated with yEd in Ubuntu 14.04

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I have yEd installed under 14.04 Ubuntu, however graphml files in folers do not display the yEd icon and are not associated with yed. There is a yEd .desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications ("yEd Graph Editor-0.desktop") any suggestions how to get the system to open files by clicking on them?

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Open your yEd Graph Editor-0.desktop file and append " %f" (without the quotes) to the Exec=... line

yEd should now be a selectable application in the "open with" dialogue

1) Create a file extension to mime-type association by creating a file in ~/.local/share/mime/packages called something like user-extension-graphml.xml and add the following contents:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<mime-info xmlns='http://www.freedesktop.org/standards/shared-mime-info'>
<mime-type type="text/graphml">
<comment>graphml file</comment>
<glob pattern="*.graphml"/>

2) Update the mime type database from the folder
~/.local/share with: sudo update-mime-database mime
and confirm with: sudo update-mime-database mime

3) Add yEd as an application so it appears in the Open With... dialog. Go to ~/.local/share/applications and edit the file: yEd Graph Editor-0.desktop

Add a %f to the end of the EXEC line. It should look something like this:

#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Name=yEd Graph Editor
Exec=/bin/sh "/opt/yEd/yEd" %f

4) Now right click a GraphML file and find yEd in the application list to associate with text/graphml mime types.

Double click should now launch yEd for graphml files.
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