using kfm (KDE file manager) as a web browser from within Pine

using kfm (KDE file manager) as a web browser from within Pine

Post by Faheem Mit » Tue, 11 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Dear people,

This message is largely addressed to Linux users who use the KDE file
manager kfm and the mail program Pine. There is a feature in Pine
which allows one to open a web browser to a url that is listed in a
message currently being read.

I currently using Netscape for this, with the command in the .pinerc
file being

# List of programs to open Internet URLs (e.g. http or ftp
  references).
url-viewers="/usr/X11R6/bin/netscape -remote 'openURL(_URL_)'"

This works correctly. However, I find kfm, in its relatively early
stage of development already in some ways preferable to netscape. I
anticipate that it will soon emerge as the clear superior. I would
like to know how to set things up so that a kfm window is opened to
the appropriate url instead of Netscape. I have no idea how to do this
at present.

I could not find anything after doing a news search.  This is a fairly
specialised enquiry, but involving two rather different programs. So I
have cross-posted it to three newsgroups. If you feel this was
inappropriate, please tell me.

                                    Sincerely, Faheem Mitha.

 
 
 

using kfm (KDE file manager) as a web browser from within Pine

Post by Faheem Mit » Wed, 12 Jan 2000 04:00:00



>There is a feature in Pine which allows one to open a web browser to
>a url that is listed in a message currently being read.  I currently
>using Netscape for this, with the command in the .pinerc file being #
>List of programs to open Internet URLs (e.g. http or ftp references).
>url-viewers="/usr/X11R6/bin/netscape -remote 'openURL(_URL_)'"
>I would like to know how to set things up so that a kfm window is opened to
>the appropriate url instead of Netscape. I have no idea how to do this
>at present.

I found an answer in comp.windows.x.kde. Here is it

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>> I would like to know how to set things up so that a kfm window
>> is opened to the appropriate url instead of Netscape. I have no
>> idea how to do this at present.

>The command line syntax for kfm to do what you want is "kfmclient
>openURL <url>". So, presumably, what you want in your .pinerc is

>        url-viewers="kfmclient openurl '_URL_'"

The following works fine.

url-viewers="/opt/kde/bin/kfmclient openURL '_URL_'"

Note it is openURL not openurl. Thanks to Viktor Haag for this
invaluable information, which I have been unable to find anywhere
else.

The only criticism of the above command is that it opens up a new
window for every new url you hit return on. Personally, I like this
behaviour, but wouldn't mind knowing how to set it up so that the most
recently kfm window switches to the new url or something like that.

Also I have been unable so far to arrange the url-viewers line so that
Pine gives me a choice which viewer to use at the Viewer command run
time. I tried

url-viewers="/opt/kde/bin/kfmclient openURL '_URL_'","netscape stuff"

but it just ignores the second possibility, ie. uses
kfmclient. Without the comma doesn't work either.

                                   Sincerely, Faheem Mitha.

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