Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 141954
htmlview not opens browser window under mutt (in usual linux console)
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:05 EST
Description of problem:
When mutt opens html attachment the started browser (htmlview by
default) no output anything. Investigation of this issue has showed
the mailcap problem.
Replacing next mailcap entry
text/html; /usr/bin/htmlview %s ; copiousoutput
text/html; /usr/bin/htmlview %s ; nametemplate=%s.html
is quick solution.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I can't reproduce this in brief testing... either I get the correct
output, or in one case where I get no output, the proposed fix doesn't
I am also observing this bug in RHEL3: htmlview in mutt hangs at
opening of html-only emails with message:
Invoking autoview command: /usr/bin/htmlview
Sending break to it causes the following message:
[-- Autoview using /usr/bin/htmlview '/home/vashik/tmp/muttigHfnY' --]
+^[[9;1H +--------------- Unknown type ----------------+
+^[[10;1H | |
+^[[11;1H | Content type is application/octet-stream. |
+^[[12;1H | Do you want to save or display this file? |
+^[[13;1H | |
+^[[14;1H | [ Save ] [ Display ] [ Cancel ] |
I think I have better solution than Andy: just add -dump option to the
htmlview in /etc/mailcap, it will not prompt anything and will not
require to press enter as with namedtemplate.
I no agree with you, Victor. The -dump addon is no good solution.
Several browsers can skip or misunderstand that option.
Ok, I have already understood myself that somebody may want to use
other browser than links or lynx.
I will also admit that in FC3 mutt/htmlview pair works without any
modification to /etc/mailcap. The problem needs more investigation.
What is the HTML you're trying to view? It looks like you were trying
to view something not marked as text/htmol.
Upon investigation, it seems the main reason this works on later releases is
changes in 'llinks'. Ergo, assigning there. However, it's probably unlikely that
links will be changed on RHEL 3 at this point.
It seems that elinks (links) is so stupid that doesn't recognize HTML without
.html file extension... I have this problem with all elinks versions.
I think nice and simple solution is call elinks from htmlview with
"-default-mime-type text/html" option.
This bug is filed against RHEL 3, which is in maintenance phase.
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