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Month: May 2013

Re: [trinity-devel] [Fwd: [trinity-users] xdg-open issue]

From: "Darrell Anderson" <darrella@...>
Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 18:24:26 -0500
>Took a while to investigate.
>The xdg-open app is a shell script, part of xdg-utils. On 
>the file is installed to /usr/bin.
>The script offers no support for Trinity. Perusing the script 
>indicates a poorly written script rather than anything robust. No 
>error-checking or "idiot-proofing" at all. The script provides no 
>optional methods of detecting the desktop. The presumed desktops 
>are hard-coded and the "generic" functions are poorly written.
>On my system anything I try to open wih xdg-open is opened in my 
>default browser, Firefox.
>I tested in KDE4 and everything works but only because KDE is one 
>of the few supported desktops.
>I have no idea why GIMP is opened. The user could edit xdg-open 
>add some echo statements to help debug.
>Setting DE=kde doesn't work in my GIT setup. The reason is in GIT 
>we changed the environment variables, but 3.5.13.x still uses KDE 
>environment variables. Hence the partial success.
>Other than submitting a patch for xdg-open to upstream I doubt 
>there is little we can do.

By the way, xdg-mime is another script from xdg-utils and the 
similar presumptions are in that script. The only supported 
desktops are KDE, GNOME, Xfce, and LXDE. Otherwise the desktop is 
presumed to be "generic."

The Arch folks have a discussion about xdg-utils and they say xdg-
open is broken.

Searching the web for "xdg-open" indicates the script has been 
broken through the years. As I wrote, the scripts are not robust 
and contain limited presumptions. :-)