Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1303207
xdg-email without email client makes firefox go nuts on mailto link
Last modified: 2016-12-20 13:18:04 EST
Description of problem:
When having xdg-utils and firefox installed, but no email clients, gets the system into a look when a mailto link is clicked.
Firefox sees an email link and starts xdg-email to handle it, and xdg-email cannot find an email client and starts the first browser it finds (firefox), which opens the mailto link in a new tab, which kicks off xdg-email, etc.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install firefox and xdg-email, make sure no email clients are installed.
2. Click on a mailto link or run xdg-email
Firefox gets into a loop and opens an infinite number of tabs.
Nothing happens, or an error gets thrown. Either would be reasonable.
Fun. We added checks in xdg-open to prevent similar recursion in the past, probably ought to do the same here in xdg-email.
While I'm looking into this, would be worth looking into why firefox is trying to use xdg-email (it probably shouldn't). Ah, I found old bug #643425 on that topic (which I imo semi-foolishly agreed to at the time), but it's not clear if it was implemented or not.
In particular, doing *both* of these is obviously bad:
1. xdg-email fallback to launching browser to handle mailto:
2. firefox fallback to running xdg-email to handle it
What does this say for you?
firefox menu => preferences => applications => mailto content type?
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