links in "About GNOME" do not work

Bug #13656 reported by Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen on 2005-03-08
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-desktop (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

If you click a link in the GNOME about-dialog, it just pops up a message telling
that it couldn't launch the default command.

Error popup:
Could not open the address "": There was an error launching the default action command associated with this location.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

works fine here. Have you configured your preferred browser ? Does "gnome-open" work ?

Ok... Setting browser to firefox in prefered apps solved the problem... Don't
know how it got unset... Cheers.

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Re-Opening: I've just experienced the same problem, but normally use KDE.

I think the error message has to be improved.

In my case I had swiftfox configured as a user defined browser, but removed it lately.

Changed in gnome-desktop:
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
description: updated
description: updated
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

What version of Ubuntu do you use? Does opening an url in other GNOME sotfware works correctly? Could you describe the steps to trigger the bug?

Changed in gnome-desktop:
assignee: seb128 → desktop-bugs
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

This will only fail, if you have an invalid browser configured in your gnome "Preferred Applications", e.g. /usr/local/bin/swiftfox, which would not exist anymore.

Then to reproduce it:
1. start gnome-about
2. click on a link therein

I would bet that other applications are similarly affected, but have not tried explicitly.

My point is only, that the error message needs improvement, so people can easily solve this and do not have to file a bug about it.. :)

Daniel Hahler (blueyed) wrote :

Sorry, forgot to answer your first question: I'm using Gutsy.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Well that's not the bug you filled, closing this, feel free to report another one (if it doesn't exists) related to the warning message. Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-desktop:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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