[pkg-boinc-devel] boinc-manager: Does not open browser
windowwhenbuttons in left column are clicked
owojnar at speakeasy.net
Mon Jan 9 00:02:20 UTC 2006
Ok, I've been experimenting with a number of
different configurations and here's what I've found:
First, with GNOME. Once I su'd to root the
BROWSER variable seemed to actually remain stored
(it was never there if I entered it as a normal
user then checked it). However, neither "mozilla"
nor "/usr/bin/mozilla" solved the problem. I can
execute both just fine (as user or root) from a
terminal window and they spawn the browser so not
sure what the problem is there. Here's the
kicker, when I run boincmgr from a terminal
window as root in the same session as the one
where I passed the BROWSER variable, it works
fine! Perhaps some permission issue?
Then I tried the same scenarios in KDE with
surprisingly different results. BROWSER variables
were stored as both user and root. Also, the
BROWSER variable was maintained when I did su to
root! (but not when I changed back to user)
Mozilla once again spawned just fine when invoked
from the terminal as root with either BROWSER
variable set. Got the following message repeated
four times when changing tabs in boincmgr after
launching from terminal as user:
"(boincmgr:17695): Pango-WARNING **: Invalid
UTF-8 string passed to pango_layout_set_text()"
Don't know if that's relevant since when it
launched the WWW buttons worked... But, these
buttons only worked if the BROWSER variable was
set. If I exited the term window and opened it
again, the variable was not set and mozilla did not open the page.
Sorry if this is a bit wordy but since I'm hardly
a programming expert I wasn't sure that would
help! :) In summary, my layman's opinion is that
the BROWSER variable fixes the problems but only
for the user setting the variable. (i.e. I'm
assuming running boincmgr from menu executes it
as a different user. Is that accurate?)
So, is there any way to set BROWSER globally? I
thought the GNOME/KDE application choosers did
that... Also, not sure why GNOME doesn't retain
the variable as a normal user. It seems to be
like Frank suggested, that the error lies in a
package other than boincmgr. I'm not sure which
package that would be or how to transfer this bug
to that package, but let me know if there's
anything else I can do to help. And thanks for the quick replies to my bug!
At 01:35 PM 1/8/2006, Frank S. Thomas wrote:
>On Sunday 08 January 2006 21:52, Steffen Moeller wrote:
> > Hi, I recall that it worked for me ... and I did something, just ... what.
>Now that would be really interesting. Did you used GNOME or KDE when it
>worked? It never worked for me, but I didn't care much because KBoincSpy is a
>so much better replacement. :-)
> > Frank, please try to give it the complete path to the executable.
>It doesn't make a difference, does it? I'm using the boincmgr with the patch
>that I checked in previously and it works fine, even if the MIME stuff fails
>and without setting the BROWSER variable.
>bureaucracy, n: A method for transforming energy into solid waste.
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