Netscape communicator helper applications and bash
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- Subject: Netscape communicator helper applications and bash
- From: "Jan Weytjens" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 11:30:44 +0100
- Message-id: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I have Apache (from the debian distribution 1.3) running on a Toshiba 530CDT
notebook running Linux 2.0.30 (debian 1.3).
I also have Netscape communicator 4.04 on the same machine.
When I configure edit preferences navigator applications to use acroread to
open URLs pointing to pdf files as follows:
Description Portable Document Format
MIME type application/pdf
Application /usr/bin/acroread %s
I get an error when I open URLs that point to pdf documents.
The error is in the shell command communicator tries to run with sh:
((/usr/bin/acroread /tmp/MOsomething.pdf); rm /tmp/MOsomething.pdf)&
where MOsomething.pdf is a temporary file in the /tmp directory.
The problem is the (mis)matching of the parentheses.
When run in an xterm window, I get the same error message.
Apparently, the problem is with bash (/bin/sh is a link to /bin/bash) which
complains about about the following syntax:
((echo A); echo B)
Interestingly, at work we use bash on both SGI and Sun workstations.
bash on Sun does have the same problem, while bash on SGI doesn't.
Is there a clean solution?
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