Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 332701
Pidgin should be the default application for irc:// style URLs
Last modified: 2008-01-07 06:47:59 EST
Description of problem:
If you click on a URL like this in Firefox irc://irc.freenode.net/#pootle then
by default it tries to launch xchat. It should try to launch Pidgin which seems
to be the defacto multi-protocol engine for Fedora.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
In Firefox click on a irc:// style URL and it will offer to launch an xchat
session. There is another fault that even if you set the
network.protocol-handler.app.irc and network.protocol-handler.external.irc in
about:config that it offers to use purple-url-handler but does not function
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Go to a webpage with irc://irc.freenode.net/#pootle
2. Click on the link
3. Offered xchat
Firefox tries to launch xchat
Firefox tries to launch pidgin
As mentioned above I tried to alter the custom configs for Firefox this only
offers to run purple-url-handler if you specify the full path (it doesn't
actually launch anything however) if you don't specify the full path it will
Another option around this could be that the preferred application chooser
should be configurable to offer xchat or pidgin to users who want to launch
these types of URLs.
This is working as requested for me, with default settings in Firefox. What does
this command report?
gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/irc/command
[dwayne@dhcppc32 ~]$ gconftool-2 -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/irc/command
I undid the changes that I need to make in Firefox to get Pidgin to launch and
it continued to work correctly and launch Pidgin.
Marking as WORKSFORME certainly for Fedora 8