Introduction to Shared Mime Info

The Shared Mime Info package contains a MIME database. This allows central updates of MIME information for all supporting applications.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.2 platform.

Package Information

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Shared Mime Info Dependencies


GLib-2.72.3 and libxml2-2.10.0



User Notes:

Installation of Shared Mime Info

Install Shared Mime Info by running the following commands:

If you wish to run the test suite, you must first extract the xdgmime tarball into the current directory, and compile it so that meson can find it:

tar -xf ../xdgmime.tar.xz &&
make -C xdgmime

Now build the package:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --buildtype=release -Dupdate-mimedb=true .. &&

If you have followed the instructions above to build xdgmime, to test the result issue ninja test.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install

Command Explanations

--buildtype=release: Specify a buildtype suitable for stable releases of the package, as the default may produce unoptimized binaries.

-Dupdate-mimedb=true: This parameter tells the build system to run update-mime-database during installation. Otherwise, this must be done manually in order to be able to use the MIME database.


Installed Program: update-mime-database
Installed Library: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/mime

Short Descriptions


assists in adding MIME data to the database