Missing default browser setting will crash many apps

Bug #411138 reported by Alex Lourie on 2009-08-09
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I'm using Karmic Koala Alpha 3. I just installed Firefox 3.5 so I now have both Firefox versions, 3.0.12 and 3.5.2. I want to set the new version to be the default browser, so I go to System->Preferences->Preferred Applications, select Custom (as there's no Firefox 3.5 in the list) and enter "firefox %s" in the command field. Then I press the "Close" button. I now assume that my default browser is Firefox 3.5

But using few applications leads to unexpected errors and crashes:

1. Using Ubuntu One is not possible, as it crashes on connect. The first time execution requires default browser to go online to login/register for the service.
2. Using apport is not possible. Apport catches problematic application crash, collects the report, uploads it to the network but it can't complete the report as it needs the default browser to be set.
3. Almost any application crashes if it has clickable links. The crash happens on the click on the link (probably this requires the default browser to be set as well). Gwibber is one app that suffers tremendously from this.

Indeed, the check in System->Preferences->Preferred Applications shows that nothing it saved in the "command" field, as if default browser was set to nothing.

So here we have 2 problems:

1. Custom command doesn't get saved in Preferred Applications control panel.
2. Due to 1), various applications will unexpectedly crash when no default browser is defined.

Alex Lourie (alourie) on 2009-08-09
description: updated
tags: added: gdm-control-panel
Nicola Ferralis (feranick) wrote :

Thanks for taking the time to submit this report. When you set the default browser as "firefox", you are not setting the default for version 3.5, but for the older version 3.0. To call firefox 3.5 you should use this instead:

firefox-3.5 %s

Would this help?

Alex Lourie (alourie) wrote :


You're right about the specific command, but the issue was not about it.

The issue here is that you're unable to set custom command, whatever it is. It is just not saved. Which means that you have no default browser defined, which in turn lead to various problems, described in the report.

Although, with the inclusion of the Firefox 3.5 in the default install this specific issue went away, but it would be still a problem in general, for the browsers that are not in the "suggested list".

habtool (clive-wagenaar) wrote :

It is also a issue when using Kubuntu kde4.3 Karmic.

It would be great if gwibber allowed the user to specify there own browser option.

Alex Lourie (alourie) on 2009-09-01
Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Confirmed
Luke Faraone (lfaraone) on 2009-10-08
affects: ubuntu → gnome-control-center (Ubuntu)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please try to obtain a backtrace following the instructions at http://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingProgramCrash and upload the backtrace (as an attachment) to the bug report. This will greatly help us in tracking down your problem.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to New. Thanks again!.

Changed in gnome-control-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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