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Bug 109883 - Preferred Web Browser should run from panel launcher
Preferred Web Browser should run from panel launcher
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: control-center (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jonathan Blandford
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-11-12 12:38 EST by Brian Pepple
Modified: 2013-04-02 00:18 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-22 05:30:35 EDT
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Description Brian Pepple 2003-11-12 12:38:57 EST
Description of problem:

When trying to set a cutom web browser as the preferred application,
the new selection is not saved. 

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible: Always.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open the Preferred Application Tool, and Select Custom Web Browser
2. Enter command path to the web browser wishing to be used
3. Close the application.
Actual results: When clicking on a url, the desktop uses the default
web browser, normally Mozilla.

Expected results: When clicking on a url, the desktop should use the
web browser that was entered manually as the custom web browser.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Warren Togami 2003-12-11 00:48:44 EST
I am in total agreement.  The panel launcher should launch the user's
chosen preferred browser.
Comment 2 Warren Togami 2003-12-11 14:45:42 EST
I am quite sure this is not a control-center bug.  Read Bug #109738.
Comment 3 Brian Pepple 2003-12-11 15:50:18 EST
Based on my preliminary research the bug seems to be in

Looks like DEFAULT_APPS_KEY_BROWSER_NEEDS_TERM is possibly defined
incorrectly, but I need to do more research to verify.

Warren, what leads you to believe this isn't a bug in control-center,
is there something I'm missing?  BTW, thanks for the link to the other
bug, they definitely seem to be related.
Comment 4 Warren Togami 2003-12-11 16:21:38 EST
That application only sets the user's preferred browser (albeit
incorrectly Bug #109738) in gconf.  The problem here is the menu
option and panel launcher is calling mozilla directly, and not using
the gconf defined browser.
Comment 5 Brian Pepple 2003-12-11 17:19:44 EST
Oh, that's sorta different than what my original bug was referring to.
 If I'm understanding you correctly, you basically want the menu &
panel launchers to invoke the preferred browser, and not 'mozilla %u'.
 If I'm incorrect in my assumption, you can contact me outside of
Bugzilla.  No reason to cause undue clutter here, due to my denseness.

Back to control-center: I also noticed that control-center doesn't
seem to set the 'enabled' key under url-handlers->http in GConf, when
attemping to use a Custom Web Browser. 
Comment 6 Warren Togami 2003-12-11 18:22:49 EST
You are correct that I want the launchers to run the preferred
browser.  What did you have in mind instead?  (I'm curious.)

You are correct about the "enabled" key, but I don't think there are
any applications that actually pay attention to that.  I could be
wrong though.
Comment 7 Brian Pepple 2003-12-11 20:10:24 EST
I was thinking of when you have a url in an e-mail (like in
Evolution), having the Custom Web Browser opening it, instead of
Mozilla.  I'm only able to get this behavior by editing the following
GConf keys: 

/desktop/gnome/url-handlers/https/command/ value=mozilla-firebird "%s"
/desktop/gnome/url-handlers/https/enabled/ value=true

Regarding your problem, is there a command that runs the default
browser?  Off the top of my head, I'm not aware of one.
Comment 8 Warren Togami 2003-12-11 21:40:59 EST
Your problem would be fixed by Bug #109738.

Currently there is htmlview, but it is deeply flawed.  See this for
50% of the solution to eventually fixing htmlview.
Comment 9 Marco Pesenti Gritti 2004-10-22 05:30:35 EDT
The reporter problem is now fixed.

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