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Fixing Firefox

Post by Trevor on Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:57 pm

When I click a link in my email etc to go to a certain site, firefox just goes to the chaletos homepage. How do I fix this please?

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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by James Tobin on Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:03 am

you could reinstall firefox maybe. you have 2 options. 1 is go to software center, search for firefox, there should be a green check mark and a 'remove button for firefox so remove then hit 'install'. Alternatively you can run this through terminal:

Code:
sudo bash
then enter sudo password.
Code:
apt-get remove firefox
apt-get install firefox

then TRY that. That process often keeps your browsing history etc and other stuff as it doesn't purge it. But that might not work. If that doesn't work, try this:

Code:
sudo bash
apt-get purge firefox
apt-get install firefox

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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by bluphoenyx on Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:05 am

I doubt this is a FF issue. The OP might try using the system settings menu. Look for preferred applications to ensure the right browser is picked. IIRC, the 'Debian Sensible Browser' uses environment settings for browser selection which might fix the issue.

Alternately, select the 'other' option and enter the following:
firefox "%s"

The command may require a full path instead such as:
/usr/bin/firefox.exe "%s"

To always use a new tab use the following:
firefox -new-tab "%s"

Note that the quotes are required in the command so the URL doesn't get mangled.
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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by James Tobin on Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:11 am

bluphoenyx wrote:The OP might try using the system settings menu.

is that me?

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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by James Tobin on Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:11 am

also why dont you think it is not a firefox issue?

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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by Dai_trying on Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:40 am

The first thing i would need to know is what email client is being used as my guess would be that the email client is giving a bad command to the browser. But just a guess...
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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by James Tobin on Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:04 am

I doubt it. Any link from anywhere runs 'shell http://www.example.com/' and opens with default browser. The browser is misinterpreting the link.

Maybe an idea would be to try a bunch of different types of links like:

http://www.bing.com
http://bing.com
https://bing.com
https://www.bing.com

Another idea would be to open another program like LibreOffice make a link and ctrl+click it and see if it also bonks.

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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by bluphoenyx on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:26 am

The main reason that I thought it might be something besides FF is that it occurs for other software AND any browser setting in the control panel. However, I notice that the environment doesn't include a variable for BROWSER or XDG_BROWSER so this method may not be in use. Unfortunately, my suggestion does not work either, possibly due to the missing environment variable, so this leads me to think that something else is wrong. I am looking into possibilities now because I need to launch a browser from Midnight Commander other than Lynx.

Another reason that I said that is because the problem has happened before with other distros and the solution was environment related. I was not trying to bash your response because replacing the software package may be the best, first choice. Just posting another possibility based on past experience.

That said, if the control panel program isn't changing the browser setting then something is still improperly configured.

BTW, the term OP was meant as Original Poster Smile
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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by bluphoenyx on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:34 am

Well, shucks! Just did another test and the changes via the control panel are working. Can easily switch to various browsers. Not sure is this will help the OP. Plus, I can easily launch FF with a new tab inside Midnight Commander so everything seems fine.

If their problem still exists, then it could be a problem with their email application.
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Re: Fixing Firefox

Post by James Tobin on Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:42 am

haha. I bet the OP will come back from work and be totally beduffled at all this the way it went :~

ANyway I gues we'll have to wait on him Very Happy

btw my first impression of 'OP' is 'operator' lol

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