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Old 04-20-2012, 04:05 PM
Sian Mountbatten
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On 20/04/12 16:50, Camaleón wrote:

On Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:43:30 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:


When I clicked on an http link in an email message in icedove, firefox
was started and the link appeared on a tab.


Fine.


Then I discovered that my firefox stopped working. Click on firefox: no
action. So I deleted firefox from the /usr/local tree and deleted
~/.mozilla in case that was the problem (a duff plugin perhaps).


Wow, that was too radical... how about finding first what the problem can
be? :-)


Yes, I must admit that I am not very good at solving computer problems
on my own. Even though I've been using Linux since 1993, I still lean on
other people. I've found that posting in linux.debian.user get's results
usually. And recently, a very helpful person has been helping me get
Digital TV in the alt.os.linux.debian newsgroup. Then again, the
siduction IRC channel can help. Today, I got onto #debian-kde and
someone solved this browser problem. Took about 5 minutes. I bet that
Windows users do not get so much help, but I may be wrong, not knowing
anything about it.



Then, using elinks, I downloaded firefox version 11.0 from
www.mozilla.org and installed the contents of the tarball in
/usr/local/share/firefox. I then put a link to the firefox binary in my
own binary directory which is on my PATH.

I then clicked on KDE Settings->System Settings->Default Applications
and made sure that firefox was the default browser. Then I logged out in
case that was needed.

Now, when I click on a link in an email message in icedove, nothing
happens. No web-browser loaded.

I noticed that /etc/alternatives/www-browser pointed to /usr/bin/elinks.


For an X browser should be "update-alternatives --list x-www-browser".


So I tried the command
sudo apt-get purge elinks-lite


Wowow, sir, you're a compulsive remover ;-D


Yes, it's so easy to purge and install packages under Debian.


but that purged elinks-lite and install konqueror which I definitely do
not want to use, 'cos I'm happy with firefox.Does clicking on a link now
load a web browser? No.


Neither Konqueror? :-?


The problem was in icedove (see below).


How can I get the web-browser loaded when I click on an email message
link? Anybody any ideas?

Sincerely


Try with "update-alternatives" but remember the leading "x".


I found that I could tell icedove to Use firefox for http and https
links and that solved the problem.


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Old 04-20-2012, 04:46 PM
Camaleón
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:05:43 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:

> On 20/04/12 16:50, Camaleón wrote:
>> On Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:43:30 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:
>>
>>> When I clicked on an http link in an email message in icedove, firefox
>>> was started and the link appeared on a tab.
>>
>> Fine.
>>
>>> Then I discovered that my firefox stopped working. Click on firefox:
>>> no action. So I deleted firefox from the /usr/local tree and deleted
>>> ~/.mozilla in case that was the problem (a duff plugin perhaps).
>>
>> Wow, that was too radical... how about finding first what the problem
>> can be? :-)
>
> Yes, I must admit that I am not very good at solving computer problems
> on my own. Even though I've been using Linux since 1993, I still lean on
> other people. I've found that posting in linux.debian.user get's results
> usually. And recently, a very helpful person has been helping me get
> Digital TV in the alt.os.linux.debian newsgroup. Then again, the
> siduction IRC channel can help. Today, I got onto #debian-kde and
> someone solved this browser problem. Took about 5 minutes. I bet that
> Windows users do not get so much help, but I may be wrong, not knowing
> anything about it.

He, he... like a "sucking leech" (just kidding ;-) ).

I'm the opposite. I love "wasting" my time in solving (mine or others)
problems, it's fun and you learn a lot by doing so, it's like self-
teaching.

>>> So I tried the command
>>> sudo apt-get purge elinks-lite
>>
>> Wowow, sir, you're a compulsive remover ;-D
>
> Yes, it's so easy to purge and install packages under Debian.

Yes, but despite its easiness one should first ask himself why he wants
to remove the package. Having a text browser installed can save your butt
under some scenarios, usually when you can't install packages for
whatever unknown reason and you have to browse the web from a tty
(Murphy's law) :-)

>> Try with "update-alternatives" but remember the leading "x".
>
> I found that I could tell icedove to Use firefox for http and https
> links and that solved the problem.

But what happens when you open a link from an application other than
Icedove? >;-P

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Old 04-20-2012, 07:20 PM
Sian Mountbatten
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On 20/04/12 17:50, Camaleón wrote:

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:05:43 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:


On 20/04/12 16:50, Camaleón wrote:

Try with "update-alternatives" but remember the leading "x".


I found that I could tell icedove to Use firefox for http and https
links and that solved the problem.


But what happens when you open a link from an application other than
Icedove?>;-P


The only applications I use which have links are firefox, which is, of
course, a browser, and icedove which is an email/news client (reader).
The other applications I use don't usually have links. Sometimes the
Help->About window has a link which, if clicked, runs firefox. I've
noticed that before and wondered whether that's a standard KDE function.


Regards
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:55 PM
Gary Dale
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On 20/04/12 03:20 PM, Sian Mountbatten wrote:

On 20/04/12 17:50, Camaleón wrote:

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:05:43 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:


On 20/04/12 16:50, Camaleón wrote:

Try with "update-alternatives" but remember the leading "x".


I found that I could tell icedove to Use firefox for http and https
links and that solved the problem.


But what happens when you open a link from an application other than
Icedove?>;-P


The only applications I use which have links are firefox, which is, of
course, a browser, and icedove which is an email/news client (reader).
The other applications I use don't usually have links. Sometimes the
Help->About window has a link which, if clicked, runs firefox. I've
noticed that before and wondered whether that's a standard KDE function.


Regards


Within KDE, you can go into System Settings | File Associations | Text
to change the default application for html files. On my system, it was
set to Konqueror, so I changed it to Iceweasel. System Settings |
Default Applications also lets you change the default web browser.



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Old 04-21-2012, 12:12 AM
Sian Mountbatten
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On 20/04/12 22:00, Gary Dale wrote:


Within KDE, you can go into System Settings | File Associations | Text
to change the default application for html files. On my system, it was
set to Konqueror, so I changed it to Iceweasel. System Settings |
Default Applications also lets you change the default web browser.

Thank you for your help. Problem now solved.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:37 AM
Camaleón
 
Default siduction distribution - KDE4 desktop - Default browser problem - SOLVED

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 20:20:25 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:

> On 20/04/12 17:50, Camaleón wrote:
>> On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:05:43 +0100, Sian Mountbatten wrote:
>>
>>> On 20/04/12 16:50, Camaleón wrote:
>>>> Try with "update-alternatives" but remember the leading "x".
>>>
>>> I found that I could tell icedove to Use firefox for http and https
>>> links and that solved the problem.
>>
>> But what happens when you open a link from an application other than
>> Icedove?>;-P
>
> The only applications I use which have links are firefox, which is, of
> course, a browser, and icedove which is an email/news client (reader).
> The other applications I use don't usually have links. Sometimes the
> Help->About window has a link which, if clicked, runs firefox. I've
> noticed that before and wondered whether that's a standard KDE function.

Links are also displayed in console terminals and many other GUI based
apps (like IM, SIP, RSS...). In addition, you can find yourself in a
situation where you have to open plain "*.html" files located in your
desktop and not just links.

Anyway, if the "About" window link of KDE apps opens Firefox is because
Firefox is set as the default browser for your DE.

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