Version: 1.6.1 (using KDE 4.6.5)
Here is a description of my problem:
I usually use .desktop files to organize my web links instead of using the
bookmarks of Firefox. For instance, here is a .desktop file I have stored under
In order to test it you may just save this text (without leading blank lines)
in a file called ShuntingYard.desktop and save it e.g. under folder ~/teaching.
Then perform as follows
1) Open file manager (Dolphin)
2) Go to folder "teaching"
3) Click onto the ShuntingYard.desktop file to open it
4) Dolphin opens Firefox with the Link (as expected) but
if you look at Dolphin current directory you'll see that
it has tried to open the folder
which is not the correct behavior since Dolphin does not support HTML
Steps to Reproduce:
Any desktop file that is openened from Dolphin application is not managed properly. This problem cannot be seen if desktop files are opened e.g. from the folder view of the desktop.
Dolphin should not try to go to the folder indicated in the URL. It should just redirect the request to firefox.
This sounds similar to bug 280706 .
[from bug 280706]
when you click on an URL file it will be opened on the default browser and...
the dolphin bar is changed to the URL address, moreover the dolphin view type
is set to "list view" and the sorting is always set to the filename column.
*** Bug 280706 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I confirm this bug on Kubuntu 11.10.
Note that the same Link .desktop files (that don't work in Dolphin) do work when clicked from a Folder View widget on a desktop.
How come such a critical bug declared more than six months ago doesn't get any attention?
URL link handling in a file browser seems like a basic feature to me. They're the only practical way to reference a web resource in you filesystem without having to download and duplicate the resource (which is not a good option when it is a video or a wiki page).
Is there any way we can draw the developers attention to a bug besides voting on it? Sorry if this question has been answered elsewhere, I'm quite new tho the KDE community.
Also, note that when I click on a "Type=Link" .desktop file in Dolphin, a warning message box is displayed with the message "Could not find the program 'firefox.desktop'"
Resetting assignee to default as per bug #305719
[Part of the Dolphin Bug Weeks 2012]
I can confirm both the reported issue and the problem mentioned in comment 5 using Dolphin 2.1/KDE SC 4.9.2 (Kubuntu 12.10 package). In the case of the first, I get a notification that Dolphin doesn't support Web pages and the the Web browser has been launched. However, I get a popup that says "Could not find the program 'firefox.desktop.'" Note that there is a firefox.desktop in /usr/share/applications.
Created attachment 74949 [details]
A .desktop file for testing.
Created attachment 74950 [details]
This is what happens, showing the blue info message and the popup.
*** Bug 315102 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Git commit f14352f141024040b615ab152c1b7b53729db9bd by Emmanuel Pescosta.
Committed on 26/07/2013 at 13:05.
Pushed by emmanuelp into branch 'KDE/4.11'.
Don't open .desktop files with http:/https: urls in Dolphin,
open these urls in the default browser instead.
Related: bug 318217
M +5 -2 dolphin/src/views/dolphinview.cpp
My Dolphin does not give me a pop-up message but it does acquire the URL for address; the error message is in the notification bar but there is nothing about firefox.desktop in it.
Christopher, I am not sure I understand your comment. Do you think this bug should be reopened or the fix caused a regression?