Bug 1414591 - midori/qutebrowser browsers aren't considered by xdg-open
Summary: midori/qutebrowser browsers aren't considered by xdg-open
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xdg-utils
Version: 25
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Rex Dieter
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-01-18 22:37 UTC by Georg Sauthoff
Modified: 2017-12-12 10:51 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:51:55 UTC
Type: Bug

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add midori and qutebrowser to the BROWSER list (552 bytes, patch)
2017-01-18 22:37 UTC, Georg Sauthoff
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Description Georg Sauthoff 2017-01-18 22:37:24 UTC
Created attachment 1242294 [details]
add midori and qutebrowser to the BROWSER list

Description of problem:
On systems where no well-known browser like firefox is installed xdg-open fails to open an http url via midori or qutebrowser.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install Fedora 25 with no web-browser except midori and/or qutebrowser - e.g. install the Fedora 25 LXDE spin
2. $ xdg-open http://example.org/

Actual results:
/usr/bin/xdg-open: line 805: x-www-browser: command not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: line 805: firefox: command not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: line 805: iceweasel: command not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: line 805: lynx: command not found
/usr/bin/xdg-open: line 805: w3m: command not found
xdg-open: no method available for opening 'http://example.org/'

Expected results:
midori/qutebrowser is installed -> xdg-open opens the url with midori/browser

Additional info:
Both midori and qutebrowser are available via the fedora package repository. 

Midori comes pre-installed with Fedora LXDE spin.

Comment 1 Rex Dieter 2017-01-19 13:31:39 UTC
Really though, the last fallback to check a static list of browsers should almost never happen.

do neither midori or quitebrowser support

checking midori.desktop and qutebrowser.desktop both properly include:

So looks like the real failure is the function call:

open_generic_xdg_x_scheme_handler "$1"

isn't working as expected here.

Comment 2 Georg Sauthoff 2017-01-23 20:50:49 UTC
Looking at the execution trace of the xdg-open shell script I see this:

It calls `xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/http` which returns `firefox.desktop`.

This value comes from `/usr/share/applications/mimeapps.list`, cf.

$ grep firefox /usr/share/applications/mimeapps.list

This file is part of shared-mime-info-1.8-1.fc25.x86_64.

Thus, xdg-open sets the local `default` variable to `firefox.desktop` inside `open_generic_xdg_mime` where it is supplied as parameter to `search_desktop_file` - which is repeatedly called for different xdg directories.

And that's it - the default value is the only value that is searched for.

Does this work as designed?

It looks like xdg-mime would do a search over the *.desktop files only as fallback, i.e. if there is no default in /usr/share/applications/mimeapps.list.

Comment 3 Rex Dieter 2017-01-23 21:00:35 UTC
Thanks, that analysis makes sense, and I agree it should be improved to better handle the case when the default is not present.

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