KDE applications need kfmclient to open links, which is not shipped with kdebase/runtime

koos vriezen koos.vriezen at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 18:46:40 GMT 2008

2008/11/19 Kevin Krammer <kevin.krammer at gmx.at>:
> On Wednesday 19 November 2008, Armin Berres wrote:
>> Heyya!
>> After reading the following Debian bug report [0] Pino Toscano and me
>> discovered the following: To be able to open links most KDE applications
>> rely on an installed available kfmclient executable [1]. The problem is
>> now: kfmclient is shipped with Konqueror. This means: If Konqueror is
>> not installed a lot of applications are not able to open links even with
>> another configured browser. For KDE user this isn't such a big problem,
>> but a Gnome user e.g. doesn't want to install Konqueror just to be able
>> to open external links.
>> The question is now: How can we solve this problem? I guess in theory
>> kfmclient should be a part of kdebase/runtime and not kdebase/apps, but
>> I don't know if this is feasible in pratice. I didn't check yet how
>> coupled kfmclient and Konqueror are and when distributed -runtime
>> and -apps are two different tarballs.
> Could probably be changed to use kioclient.
> Some parts of the functionality kfmclient had in KDE3 were moved to the new
> kioclient since they weren't Konqueror specific.

What happened to xdg-open? I get an error with
xdg-open 'http://www.freedesktop.org/'
that it can't open file:/pwd/http://www.freedesktop.org/
in both of my KDE3 and KDE4 envs


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