Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 156475
Eclipse help launches Mozilla instead of default browser Firefox
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:05 EST
Description of problem:
Accessing Eclipse help launches Mozilla instead of default browser Firefox. I
didn't even realize Mozilla was installed until this as it does not appear in
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. launch help
help appears in Mozilla browser, compounding low memory problems using Eclipse...
help appears in Firefox browser
You need to tell it to explicitly use Firefox: Window->Preferences->Help.
Perhaps we can look into making firefox the default but I'd rather stay with
Shouldn't this be WONTFIX or even better DEFERRED? For me, it is definitely a
bug; it is clear that the flagship web browser for Fedora Core is Firefox as
Mozilla does not even appear in the GNOME menus.
There is the expectation that preferences can be set system-wide for filetype ->
default apps and every applications (GNOME, KDE or Java) should use these
preferences instead of hardcoding them in each application. This is what Desktop
-> Preferences -> More Preferences -> Preferred Applications is for after all...
This is already broken in Linux as can be seen in
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Setting_Your_Default_Browser; changing default browser
is the most complex in Linux. No need to make it more complex under a GNOME
desktop by adding extra configuration in Java applications too!
Also, what happens when Fedora gets definitely rids of Mozilla in the default
install (which on my system, only yelp depends on at the moment)?
Okay, let's re-open this and look into making Firefox the default browser.
I don't think we'll get it to the point where we can expect the GNOME or KDE
preferences to trickle down to Eclipse (without some hacks), but maybe we can
set Firefox as the default.
As for when mozilla goes away, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it ;)
I did open bug #156563 to ask for removal of Mozilla since only yelp seems to
depend on it.
Doesn't RedHat & Fedora use /usr/bin/htmlview to launch the users prefered web
browser? I thought apps, etc were being changed to use that program instead of
hard coded references to mozilla, firefox, konquer, etc.
This is an upstream issue and I've made a reference below to the Eclipse bug #.
*** Bug 157136 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 157998 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***