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    Question Setting default web browser to TBB falls back to previous browser

    I have filed this as a bug report but still I thought I should ask here in case I am doing something wrong.

    STR:

    1. Install torbrowser-launcher and run the Tor Browser
    2. Go to Preferences and set it as default browser
    3. Click to open an HTTP link from another application (tested with claws-mail and newsbeuter)

    EXPECTED
    The link should open in Tor Browser

    ACTUAL
    The link opens in Chromium (the previous default browser). Also chrome://settings/defaultBrowser still shows that "Chromium is your default browser" regardless of:

    Code:
    [~]: cat .config/mimeapps.list | grep browser
    x-scheme-handler/http=exo-web-browser.desktop
    x-scheme-handler/https=exo-web-browser.desktop
    x-scheme-handler/http=exo-web-browser.desktop
    As seen on the screenshot both browsers claim to be default simultaneously.

    Code:
    [~]: find ~ -name exo-web-browser.desktop
    shows nothing

    Additionally I notice that there exist 2 different files:

    Code:
    ~/.config/mimeapps.list
    ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
    Is this really a bug or if not - what would be the proper way to set Tor Browser as default?

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    Default Re: Setting default web browser to TBB falls back to previous browser

    Which desktop?
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Setting default web browser to TBB falls back to previous browser

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Which desktop?
    KDE Plasma 5.8.7

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    KDE Plasma 5.8.7
    Now, I have KDE in Dutch, thus the names below are translated back into English and may differ in what you see, but I hope they will be clear enough.

    Thus I assume you have tried to set it in KDE Systemsettings > Personal settings > Applications and there from Standard Applications left > Web Browser at right?
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Now, I have KDE in Dutch, thus the names below are translated back into English and may differ in what you see, but I hope they will be clear enough.

    Thus I assume you have tried to set it in KDE Systemsettings > Personal settings > Applications and there from Standard Applications left > Web Browser at right?
    I tried that after reading your post. It was set to: "Open http and https URLs - in an application based on the contents of the URL". I changed it to the other option: "in the following browser" and selected torbrowser. Now when I click a link (e.g. in claws-mail or in console) Tor Browser starts (if it is not started) but does not open the URL. If it was already started I simply get a message box:

    "Tor Browser is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Tor Browser process, or restart your system."

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    Default Re: Setting default web browser to TBB falls back to previous browser

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    I tried that after reading your post. It was set to: "Open http and https URLs - in an application based on the contents of the URL". I changed it to the other option: "in the following browser" and selected torbrowser. Now when I click a link (e.g. in claws-mail or in console) Tor Browser starts (if it is not started) but does not open the URL. If it was already started I simply get a message box:
    Preferences
    "Tor Browser is already running, but is not responding. To open a new window, you must first close the existing Tor Browser process, or restart your system."
    Well, a few things.
    You said that you used "Preferences", but did not explain much about where and what you exactly did. Thus my question for the DE. But now it seems that you did not mean configuring KDE at all. I am wondering which "Preferences" you then used.

    When you said KDE, I could have asked "and what exactly did you do?", but tried to shortcut the discussion by explaining how I would do it.

    It seems that indeed KDE now starts your Tor browser when you click on an URL in a KDE application. Thus it works as intended.

    Why the Tor browser, other then e.g. FF and Konqueror (and Chrome according to your testimony) is not able to be open a new Tab or Window when an attempt is made to start it again is beyond my knowledge. But I assume it is typical for the Tor browser. Thus I hope you filed your bug report with Tor.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: Setting default web browser to TBB falls back to previous browser

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    I am wondering which "Preferences" you then used.
    Tor browser's preferences.

    Why the Tor browser, other then e.g. FF and Konqueror (and Chrome according to your testimony) is not able to be open a new Tab or Window when an attempt is made to start it again is beyond my knowledge. But I assume it is typical for the Tor browser. Thus I hope you filed your bug report with Tor.
    Not yet as I don't know if that is right behavior but I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sauerland View Post
    Aha, so it is a feature, not a bug. Thanks for the info!

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