[ubuntu-bug] Default browser setting ignored.

Bug #875688 reported by RobinJ
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
apport (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When running ubuntu-bug and sending the bug report, the default web browser setting is ignored. It just launches Firefox, even though Chromium is my default web browser. Probably because everything changed from gtk2 to gtk3?

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: apport 1.23-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-12.20-generic 3.0.4
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-12-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sun Oct 16 14:22:37 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release amd64 (20111012)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: apport
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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RobinJ (robinj) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Jordan Bradley (jordan-w-bradley) wrote :

I am having this problem too. Although Firefox is my default browser and it wants to open rekonq which isn't even installed.

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monochromec (monochromec) wrote :

Affected as well. Only the other way around - FF is default and ubuntu-bug launches Chrome automatically.

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monochromec (monochromec) wrote :

Same phenomenon can be observed when using Ubuntu software center - seems to be a gnome-inherent thing?

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monochromec (monochromec) wrote :

Still present in 12.10.

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Lars Noodén (larsnooden) wrote :

I'm not sure if this is the same bug but in 13.04a apport ignores the default browser settings also in LXDE, choosing Chromium-browser over any that might have been set as the preferred application in preferences.

tags: added: raring saucy
Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
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Colin Law (colin-law) wrote :

For me apport has suddenly started invoking chromium instead of firefox (which is what it has done until today). No change to settings by me. Running saucy beta. Default browser in System Settings > Details is unchanged at Firefox.
Does anyone know which settings apport uses?

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Colin Law (colin-law) wrote :

I found a link that suggested that apport uses root privileges when reporting and hence does not use the users settings. Instead it uses the update-alternatives settings. Run
update-alternatives --get-selections
to see what gnome-www-browser and x-www-browser are set to. Then use
sudo update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser
sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
to set it to your preferred browser.
Mine was set to chromium-browser, possibly an update to this hijacked the alternatives.
This fix has worked for me, so this may be an invalid bug.

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themusicgod1 (themusicgod1) wrote :

set update-alternatives for gnome-www-browser, x-www-browser, www-browser to the correct browser (custom firefox build) and then made the new browser set itself as the 'default browser' in its preferences and suddenly this problem went away for me.

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Marcus Tomlinson (marcustomlinson) wrote :

This release of Ubuntu is no longer receiving maintenance updates. If this is still an issue on a maintained version of Ubuntu please let us know.

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for apport (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in apport (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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