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#1 2020-08-13 18:30:41

Mellowbob
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Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 221

Default something missing

I've found lately that some applications which I **THINK** are expecting a web broswer are getting a terminal instead. One example is Calibre which, when there is an update available, opens a terminal when clicking update. Just now I hit <help> in the xfce4 settings panel and got a terminal. So, what is missing?

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#2 2020-08-14 11:27:37

ToZ
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Registered: 2011-06-02
Posts: 7,124

Re: Default something missing

Go to the Mime Settings Editor (xfce4-mime-settings) and search for "html" and see what applications are set as default. You can change them there as well to a web browser.

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#3 2020-08-14 16:11:15

Mellowbob
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Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 221

Re: Default something missing

I just checked the MIME Type Editor and narrowed to HTML. I have a number of listings there and they are all set to "Firefox Web Browser" with the exception of vnd.ms-htmlhelp which was set to "hh" and I've changed that to "Atril Document Viewer". I also have x-khtml-adaptor which is set to "Default". Even though that looks right I don't know if "Firefox Web Browser" actually points to the right application (/usr/bin/firefox) and I'm not sure about the "Default" setting for khtml either.

This has been working fine for years ... I think the upgrade to ubuntu 20.04 created the problem.

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#4 2020-08-14 19:09:22

alcornoqui
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Registered: 2014-07-28
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Re: Default something missing

Does the MIME Type Editor settings match the ones in /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache ?

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#5 2020-08-14 20:36:58

Mellowbob
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Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 221

Re: Default something missing

The 2 don't seem to have much in common smile

bob$ cat /usr/share/applications/mimeinfo.cache | grep -i html
application/xhtml+xml=brave-browser.desktop;calibre-ebook-edit.desktop;calibre-ebook-viewer.desktop;calibre-gui.desktop;firefox.desktop;
application/xhtml_xml=brave-browser.desktop;google-chrome.desktop;opera.desktop;
text/html=brave-browser.desktop;calibre-ebook-edit.desktop;calibre-ebook-viewer.desktop;calibre-gui.desktop;firefox.desktop;google-chrome.desktop;opera.desktop;

BTW, what is the search path for .desktop files?

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#6 2020-11-02 02:43:16

Mellowbob
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Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 221

Re: Default something missing

I'm pinging this message since I still can't get this work under XFCE on my box. For example, if I get a message from Calibre saying that a new version is available and I click that I just get a terminal window opening. Under KDE-Plasma and Mate desktops it correctly opens the browser or a new tab in the browser.

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#7 2020-11-25 01:30:45

Mellowbob
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Registered: 2011-10-16
Posts: 221

Re: Default something missing

Well, well, well ... I finally figured it out.

The problem was that in Settings->Preferred-applications->Utilities the File Manager was set to xfce4-terminal. Changed it to nemo (one could set it to thunar if you use that) and all works great now!

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