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Bug#172436: followup on browser proposal

On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 02:30:12PM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-06-17 at 06:31, Bill Allombert wrote:
> > Then I have a question: If a user use both KDE and GNOME stuff in a,
> > say, KDE environment, should x-www-browser always launch konqueror
> > or have GNOME programs launch the GNOME browser ?
> I'm not sure what you mean; x-www-browser is just a symlink.  We can't
> really talk about what it should or shouldn't do depending on a
> particular user's environment.  

You are right, I meant sensible-browser, sorry.

> If you are thinking of sensible-browser and the autodetection stuff you
> mentioned earlier, there aren't really any sane defaults as far as I can
> see.   If the user is using both KDE and GNOME stuff, then they'll just
> have to pick which browser they want to use and configure the
> environment appropriately.

Then as long as it is a per-user decision and not a per launcher
program, I cannot find anything wrong with Joey proposal.

Users have already a way to choose what browser they want ($BROWSER).

If you want to implement a mechanism so that users don't have to
set $BROWSER, just setup KDE and GNOME to create a ~/.sensible-browser
at statup with the prefered browser to use in that environment,
and let sensible-browser use it if $BROWSER is not set and if it is
available. And if Joey don't want to change sensible-browser, you just
need to provide a high priority alternative.

Your previous proposal 
|  If the BROWSER environment variable is not set, if the program has a
|  preferred browser which is installed, it may fall back to that.
|  Otherwise, it should use /usr/bin/x-www-browser...

will be broken in this regard (GNOME apps under KDE will not launch 

Of course if a program is set up to use extended feature of some
browser, the issue is different, but it is not the goal of this
proposal to address that.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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