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-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Shared Mime Info Dependencies


GLib-2.68.4, itstool-2.0.6, libxml2-2.9.12, and xmlto-0.0.28

User Notes:

Installation of Shared Mime Info

Install Shared Mime Info by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

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

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

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