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Old 06-12-2011, 02:05 AM
Default Re(2): Configuring Iceweasel security policies.

* From: Scott Ferguson <prettyfly.productions@gmail.com>
* Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 23:23:30 +1000
> Now that's confusing me too! I've never had to modify anything to get a
> web browser to load local files.... or to load links from local files
> either to local links or online links.

Again, we're at crossed purposes. The problem isn't local.
Here is my explanation again, step by step.
* I sit in front of the console of dalton.
* Using Iceweasel in Squeeze, open this. "http://members.shaw.ca/peasthope/#Links"
It's public. Have a look.
* There I see the link with anchor file:///Category2.html and target the same.
* Click on that anchor. I expect dalton:/home/peter/Category2.html
open but nothing happens except for the message to the Iceweasel
error console. Ref. earlier message. Is there a syntax such as
dalton.invalid:file:///Category2.html ?
* Save the page "http://members.shaw.ca/peasthope/" onto storage of Dalton.
* Open that page on Dalton.
* Now in this image from the local copy, click on the anchor file:///Category2.html.
* Now Category2.html opens.

> ... for it to work *I* would have to have a
> file called Category2.html in my / directory....

The steps above demonstrate that the link from dalton:/Category2.html
to dalton:/home/peter/Category2.html works.

> members.shaw.ca gives you an account for peasthope - in your home
> directory is a directory called public_html which is the root of webserver.
> eg. /home/peasthope/public_html
> You are probably free to create other directories beneath your home
> eg. /home/peasthope/stuff

A reasonable hypothesis. Normally files are put there with
"ftp://peasthope@ftp.shaw.ca/". Only files are there. No sub-directory. But I don't
see the relevance.

> > Any better ideas to configure for my case where the file URI link is in
> > members.shaw.ca/peasthope and the browser is on dalton?
> You can't. That I know of. The link cannot be relative. I can't think of
> how to use an absolute link across your network (firewall, network protocols etc).

As mentioned a few days back, the third of those file URIs
"file:Category2.html" works for ETHNO. Is this only a quirk of
the ETHNO interface? Doesn't make sense that Iceweasel doesn't
know what to do when a link targeting file:///Category2.html
is clicked. What could be simpler? Should be only a security
issue. The source code will explain of course. If it can be
comprehended. Ugg.

* From: Scott Ferguson <prettyfly.productions@gmail.com>
* Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:14:36 +1000
> http://peter@members.shaw.ca/ (from your policy in the last post)
> A login on a site with no authentication??

Authentication is not necessary to look at a public Web page.

Regards, ... Peter E.

Telephone 1 360 450 2132. bcc: peasthope at shaw.ca
Shop pages http://carnot.yi.org/ accessible as long as the old drives survive.
Personal pages http://members.shaw.ca/peasthope/ .

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