Bug 474208 - Firefox attempts to open incorrect URL from Thunderbird
Firefox attempts to open incorrect URL from Thunderbird
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: firefox (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Christopher Aillon
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-12-02 14:35 EST by Thomas Cameron
Modified: 2018-04-11 04:02 EDT (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2009-12-18 02:06:14 EST
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Output of strace -ff (222.44 KB, application/x-gzip)
2008-12-02 14:45 EST, Thomas Cameron
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uncompressed output of strace -f (8.13 MB, text/plain)
2008-12-03 08:47 EST, Thomas Cameron
no flags Details
Patch to open-browser.sh to use xdg-open, which better handles URL passing (523 bytes, patch)
2009-04-03 04:52 EDT, "FeRD" (Frank Dana)
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Description Thomas Cameron 2008-12-02 14:35:59 EST
Description of problem:
When I get an e-mail message with a URL in it, I would normally be able to click on that link and Firefox would open it.  Now when I click on the link FF doesn't "see" the protocol or hostname as part of the URL.  For instance, if I try to open up a link to http://www.yearone.com/images/email/c146/turkeydayemail.html, Firefox tries to open file:///images/email/c146/turkeydayemail.html and I get a "File Not Found" error.

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

How reproducible:
Click on a link in an e-mail message.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open a message in Thunderbird which has a link
2. Click on link
3. Curse
Actual results:
FF attempts to open everything after the protocol and hostname.

Expected results:
It should open the whole URL.

Additional info:
Fedora 10 x86_64 on an Athlon 64 4600+ with 2GiB memory.  Updated today (2 December 2008).
Comment 1 Thomas Cameron 2008-12-02 14:43:50 EST
Tried to run strace -ff -o tbird.log against Thunderbird to capture more information.  It did capture numerous log files, but then it crashed with:

[thomas.cameron@case strace]$ strace -ff -o tbird.log thunderbird
*** glibc detected *** strace: malloc(): memory corruption (fast): 0x00000000010dcbe0 ***
======= Backtrace: =========
======= Memory map: ========
00400000-00447000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 415181                             /usr/bin/strace
00647000-00648000 rw-p 00047000 08:02 415181                             /usr/bin/strace
00648000-00656000 rw-p 00648000 00:00 0 
00847000-00848000 rw-p 00047000 08:02 415181                             /usr/bin/strace
010dc000-010fd000 rw-p 010dc000 00:00 0                                  [heap]
34cf000000-34cf020000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 786533                         /lib64/ld-2.9.so
34cf21f000-34cf220000 r--p 0001f000 08:02 786533                         /lib64/ld-2.9.so
34cf220000-34cf221000 rw-p 00020000 08:02 786533                         /lib64/ld-2.9.so
34d0800000-34d0968000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 786932                         /lib64/libc-2.9.so
34d0968000-34d0b68000 ---p 00168000 08:02 786932                         /lib64/libc-2.9.so
34d0b68000-34d0b6c000 r--p 00168000 08:02 786932                         /lib64/libc-2.9.so
34d0b6c000-34d0b6d000 rw-p 0016c000 08:02 786932                         /lib64/libc-2.9.so
34d0b6d000-34d0b72000 rw-p 34d0b6d000 00:00 0 
3e38200000-3e38216000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 787793                         /lib64/libgcc_s-4.3.2-20081105.so.1
3e38216000-3e38416000 ---p 00016000 08:02 787793                         /lib64/libgcc_s-4.3.2-20081105.so.1
3e38416000-3e38417000 rw-p 00016000 08:02 787793                         /lib64/libgcc_s-4.3.2-20081105.so.1
7ff760000000-7ff760021000 rw-p 7ff760000000 00:00 0 
7ff760021000-7ff764000000 ---p 7ff760021000 00:00 0 
7ff7648b9000-7ff764913000 rw-p 7ff7648b9000 00:00 0 
7ff764915000-7ff76492f000 rw-p 7ff764915000 00:00 0 
7fff6c919000-7fff6c92e000 rw-p 7ffffffea000 00:00 0                      [stack]
7fff6c9fe000-7fff6c9ff000 r-xp 7fff6c9fe000 00:00 0                      [vdso]
ffffffffff600000-ffffffffff601000 r-xp 00000000 00:00 0                  [vsyscall]
Comment 2 Thomas Cameron 2008-12-02 14:45:28 EST
Created attachment 325415 [details]
Output of strace -ff

This is what was captured by strace before it died.
Comment 3 Thomas Cameron 2008-12-02 14:46:38 EST
As an additional test, I deleted the .thunderbird and .mozilla directories from my home directory.  The problem persists for my user.
Comment 4 Matěj Cepl 2008-12-03 06:53:13 EST
What was the URL you tried to open when generating the strace?

grep turkey strace/*

doesn't give me anything. And BTW, uncompressed output of strace -f (notice one f) would be probably more easy to handle.
Comment 5 Thomas Cameron 2008-12-03 08:46:06 EST
OK, I will upload a new strace.  In this one, I am trying to open a link to http://www.facebook.com/n/?inbox/readmessage.php&t=1064274559729 but when the browser opens it tries to open /n/?inbox/readmessage.php&t=1064274559729 and I get a "file not found" error.

Another thing that I found is weird is that it only happens when I su - to another account.  When I'm working from home, I log in to my F10 box as tcameron and do all my Red Hat stuff under that login.  On a different desktop, I open a gnome-terminal, do "su - thomas.cameron" and run thunderbird& so I can check my personal e-mail at the same time but on a different desktop.  When I do that, I see the weird behavior.  If I log out and then log in as thomas.cameron, it works correctly.
Comment 6 Thomas Cameron 2008-12-03 08:47:29 EST
Created attachment 325535 [details]
uncompressed output of strace -f
Comment 7 Matěj Cepl 2008-12-03 12:07:38 EST
weird, it seems we are doing The Right Thing

20161 execve("/usr/lib64/thunderbird-", ["/usr/lib64/thu
nderbird-"..., "http://www.facebook.com/n/?inbox"...], [/* 47 vars */] 
<unfinished ...>
Comment 8 Curtis 2009-02-07 17:26:47 EST
I am also experiencing this bug, and hopefully have some relevant info to add.

My uname -a displays: #1 SMP Wed Jan 21 02:09:37 EST 2009 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

packages installed:

When I click on an URL link in thunderbird:

* thunderbird calls /usr/lib/thunderbird-
* open-browser.sh calls /usr/bin/gnome-open
* gnome-open eventually starts firefox with the incorrect link

If I open up a gnome-terminal and cd to /etc/samba and then issue the command:

  gnome-open http://google.com

then I end up with firefox opened to "file:///etc/samba/"

If start firefox directly "firefox http://google.com" then I do get the correct link.

Please note that I am running in a VNCServer ICEWM session.  This thunderbird URL link used to work in this same VNC environment with my previous Fedora installation (FC6).

The "gnome-open" command above successfully opens the correct URL with firefox when I am logged into a different account using a Gnome session.

This looks to me like a "gnome-open" issue.

Comment 9 "FeRD" (Frank Dana) 2009-04-03 04:52:22 EDT
Created attachment 338006 [details]
Patch to open-browser.sh to use xdg-open, which better handles URL passing

This patch against /usr/share/thunderbird- attempts to use xdg-open as the preferred handler for URL-launching, since it does the right thing when thunderbird and firefox are running on different hosts (but on same display).
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