firefox and gdebi

Bug #371266 reported by Damien on 2009-05-03
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description


ubuntu : 9.04, i686
firefox 3.0.10

When i click on a .deb hyperlink in a html page running under firefox, firefox ask me for opening the deb file whith gdebi, but just after it reports an error
"<deb file name> n' pas pu être ouvert car l'application auxiliaire associée n'existe pas. Changez cette association dans vos préférences" (french localization)
rough translation : "can not open file <deb file name> because associated program doesn't exist. Change your settings"

link :
from :

gdebi is correctly installed on my system and works perfectly. i have already used gdebi from firefox in the past.
these bug was already reported by other people but was normaly fixed with 9.04 (i just installed 9.04 over 8.10)

i deactivated all my firefox extension (ubufox, greaseMonkey, firedebug, live http headers), but it doesn't change anything.

ubufox : 0.7-0ubuntu1
firefox : 3.0.10+nobinonly-0

best regards

affects: ubuntu → firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
Krzysztof Klimonda (kklimonda) wrote :

I can confirm that opening this .deb in gdebi will fail with message:
"/tmp/nautilussvn_0.12-1ubuntu2_all-4.deb could not be opened, because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences."

Changed in firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Evan R. Murphy (evanrmurphy) wrote :

Hi Damien, thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in firefox-3.0.

For future reference you might be interested to know that a lot of applications have bug reporting functionality built into them. This can be accessed via the Report a Problem option in the Help menu for the application that is having an issue. You can learn more about this feature at

John Vivirito (gnomefreak) wrote :

I get same thing.
Can someone give 2 more links from different sites that you see this on.
Please do not reply any site

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