Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 503047
Missing quoting in mimic_gnome_open
Last modified: 2010-11-04 07:55:57 EDT
Description of problem:
$ su -
# xdg-open 'http://foo/bar baz'
/usr/bin/htmlview: line 75: [: http://foo/bar: binary operator expected
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Space is not allowed as part of URL, so we shouldn't protect it. When the space character is properly encoded (as %20), the script works as expected.
I'm fairly certain we should handle this and the bug is not actually invalid. However, it's not clear what the desired behaviour is.
Among other things, RFC 3986 says
For robustness, software that accepts user-typed URI should attempt
to recognize and strip both delimiters and embedded whitespace.
Based on other reading of RFC 3986 and referencing RFC 2396 as well, I can see valid behaviour being either of the following:
* Treat the whitespace as delimiter, and recognize input as an attempt to load
BOTH 'http://foo/bar' AND 'baz' (in separate tabs/windows/processes)
However, since xdg-open only supports one URI at a time, we would actually
only attempt to load 'http://foo/bar'
* Treat the whitespace as an embedded character and encode it, so we load
I think the first behaviour is arguably "more correct" per the spec, but perhaps less intuitive to a user.
As naive user I would expect xdg-open to take whatever I write, determine the right opener, and pass exactly what I wrote through to it. Some openers might support spaces, some doesn't, but I don't expect xdg-open to do anything regarding that. Also no percent-encoding.
That is also how it works when gnome is available, but not in a limited environment as the one provided by "su -".
It would be fine if xdg-open could open multiple files/urls if it is handed multiple argv's. But it would be surprising and annoying if it parsed and splitted an argument.
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
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Same problem with htmlview-4.0.0-6.fc12.noarch
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Seems to be solved in f14