xdg-open does not interact with /etc/alternatives

Bug #425423 reported by Jeffrey Baker on 2009-09-06
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xdg-utils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: xdg-utils

xdg-open has its own private configuration of "preferred applications" which duplicates, and is inconsistent with, /etc/alternatives. As a long-time Debian user I supposed that I could change my web browser by simply changing the target of x-www-browser, but this did not work. I also needed to open the GNOME control panel and change my favorite web browser under the Preferred Applications applet.

The best solution seems to be for the applet to somehow interact with /etc/alternatives, but I don't see how this would be possible since /etc/alternatives is for all users. A partial workaround would be for the default browser to be "x-www-browser" instead of Firefox.

Architecture: amd64

DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
Package: xdg-utils 1.0.2-6.1
PackageArchitecture: all
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-9.29-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-9-generic x86_64
UserGroups: adm admin cdrom dialout lpadmin plugdev sambashare

tags: added: apport-collected
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