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Default editor for files without file name extension in Mac OS X

The default is currently TextEdit. I want to change it to be MacVim.

I know how to set files that end with a certain extension, such as .txt, to always open with MacVim (I do this by selecting a file with the extension .txt, pressing command-i, and selecting Open with: Application, Change All...), but I also want text files without extensions, such as README, to open with MacVim by default.

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marked as duplicate by Daniel Beck, Ivo Flipse Jan 21 '11 at 18:09

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I'm not closing this one as a dupe of superuser.com/questions/231854/… as I feel the wording is completely different –  Ivo Flipse Jan 19 '11 at 20:24
The accepted solution may do the trick though. –  user3463 Jan 19 '11 at 20:52
@Ivo It is a duplicate. Both extension-less files and .txt share the text/plain MIME type and public.plain-text UTI, but the Get Info dialog only allows changes to the actual extension, therefore allowing .txt customization while leaving extension-less files alone. It is exactly the same issue. Matt only explicitly mentioned the what parts work for him, and jason (other topic) wants hidden files ("dot-files") to also work. Which they do, as they don't have an extension. –  Daniel Beck Jan 21 '11 at 18:05
This is not a duplicate in my opinion either. The other one is specific to TextMate. It doesn't give enough information on how to make TextWrangler the default. –  Sridhar-Sarnobat Aug 27 '13 at 22:37

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You can't because it can't determine enough information about the file (other then it lacks an extension) to reliably alter that.

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This argument doesn't hold up. OS X has enough information to decide to open it with TextEdit. –  Sridhar-Sarnobat Aug 27 '13 at 22:35

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