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

Gary Greene greeneg at tolharadys.net
Wed Nov 26 03:52:14 GMT 2008

On Tuesday 25 November 2008 12:44:25 pm David Faure wrote:
> This was for the pragmatic answer. In theory I agree that xdg-open (if
> present) would be a solution. Hmm, wait.
> unset BROWSER
> xdg-open ftp://ftp.kde.org
> -> mozilla.
> xdg-open does not detect that I'm in KDE?

Almost no desktop sets $BROWSER, unless this means that those of us 
distributing now have to patch the start scripts to handle this, since most 
won't have old mozilla installed these days....

> > Another thing: Wouldn't it make sense to use the default broswer on the
> > installed system (sensible-browser, x-www-browser or whatever) if no
> > default browser is chosen in KDE? Encouraging people to use Konqueror is
> > nice for sure, but the user does have to change his default browser in
> > one less place then.
> No, this goes way too far. Someone trying KDE should at least be able to
> enjoy the good integration with konqueror, before deciding if he/she wants
> it or not. If KDE launches x-www-browser (*) by default (which is old
> Mozilla here), we lose that (and basically this kills konqueror, given that
> most people do not change defaults). A sensible default for KDE _is_
> konqueror; people can switch to something else if they want.
> (*) sensible-browser defaults to x-www-browser unless $BROWSER is set, so
> this is old mozilla again here. Nice...


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