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[Bug 462256] alpine: bad URL-Viewers in default configuration
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  • Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 22:30:46 -0700 (MST)
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https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=462256

User chappa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx added comment
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=462256#c2





--- Comment #2 from Eduardo Chappa <chappa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 2009-01-23 22:30:42
MST ---
(In reply to comment #1)
The default comes from the text/html entry in /etc/mailcap, which pine uses
when no url-viewers have been specified. This is not really correct, as that
entry only means "a program that is able to display a HTML document" rather
than "a web browser".

Here is a question. What is a mailcap entry supposed to do with a ".doc" file?
Display its contents or also let you interact with the content? If you think it
is the first, then antiword is your friend. Otherwise, openoffice is your
friend. Similarly, what is the correct behavior to open a text/html file? If
the intent is that the mailcap entry be only a viewer of the content, then no
entry should let you interact with the displayed content (e.g. the image viewer
should be in read-only mode, etc.)

I do not know what the policy in SuSe is, but it seems to me that as long as it
is consistently used, there is no problem. The code in Alpine assumes that the
html viewer is more than that, that you also want to interact with the content
(e.g. follow links in that content)

I think I'll fix it by adding an /etc/pinerc to the package next time I touch
it and put some browser finding magic in there.

That is certainly one way to solve this issue. It seems reasonable, given the
circumstances.

--
Eduardo

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