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[Bug 462256] alpine: bad URL-Viewers in default configuration
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  • Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 02:43:12 -0700 (MST)
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User max@xxxxxxxxxx added comment

--- Comment #5 from Reinhard Max <max@xxxxxxxxxx> 2009-01-26 02:43:11 MST ---
(In reply to comment #2)

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 understand your point about display vs. interaction, but URLs add another
dimension to this. /etc/mailcap is about files that are already stored on the
local machine (see the definition of %s in mailcap(4) as being the name of a
file that contains the actual content to be displayed) and whose file format is
known. In contrast, a URL describes a way to fetch the content, and you won't
know the file format until you fetch at least the header (in case of HTTP).
So, I still think alpine is wrong in assuming that a program that is specified
as being able to display (or edit) a local HTML document is also able to
retrieve and display the content behind arbitrary URLs.

(In reply to comment #4)

The problem is that Alpine expects the viewer to take control of the

Alpine should not expect this for mailcap entries that have the "copiousoutput"
flag set. Those should be treated like a filter and alpine should take care of
catching the output and presenting it to the user.

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