klipper (KDE clipboard thingie) has a nice feature where it can apply
actions to text on the clipboard: open URLs in a web browser, display
images with kview, etc.
Unfortunately, at least for Mozilla URL action, klipper can't actually
*start* mozilla. If mozilla is already running on the system, then klipper
will work; it will spawn an additional mozilla window, and display the URL
in the window. If mozilla is not running at all on the system, however,
then klipper will refuse to display URLs using mozilla.
Verified. Didn't notice (why would anyone use Mozilla if you can have
Konqueror? ;) )
Ok, this is caused by mozilla refusing to create a new window when invoked with
mozilla -remote 'openURL(http://slashdot.org/, new-window)'
The fix isn't simple:
You'd have to do something along the lines of
if [ -n "`/sbin/pidof mozilla`" ]; then
mozilla -remote "openURL(%s,new-window)"
which in turn won't be expanded correctly because %s doesn't expand twice in a
Experimenting with workarounds; the real fix would break compatibility with
klipperrc from earlier versions.
Well, *I* use mozilla 'cause konqueror sucks ;-)
Seriously, this same problem probably applies to netscape as well (haven't
checked, as I don't use netscape now that mozilla works with all the sites I
need). The basic problem with mozilla is that it's doing the -remote stuff,
which is a protocol inherited from netscape, and the way -remote works is that
it passes commands to an already running browser (netscape used to have a white
paper on it, though I have no idea where to find it these days). I'm not
currently at a machine where I can check, though.
This actually works for me with the latest rawhide kdebase and mozilla! Thanks!