Links don't open

Steven steven at finesite.me
Thu Dec 13 13:12:29 EST 2012


Are you using a Windows based system? If so, what is the output of the 
following commands?
assoc http
assoc https
ftype http
ftype https

For example, this is what I have on mine:
 > assoc http
http=URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol

 > assoc https
https=URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy

 > ftype http
http="C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\firefox.exe" -osint -url "%1"

 > ftype https
https="C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\firefox.exe" -osint -url "%1"

Additionally, if you type the following into the command line, does it 
launch the browser as expected?
 > start http://www.google.com

I don't have a Windows 8 environment to test in, so hopefully these 
commands are still relevant in that OS. The HTTP and HTTPS protocol 
handlers should be in the registry as well.  When multiple URI Handlers 
exist for a given scheme, the default needs to be chosen in (Control 
Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Default Programs) again, this is for 
Windows 7, I'm uncertain if the instructions are relevant to Windows 8.  
A quick google search shows the following: 
http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/6cde20/set-default-programs-in-windows-8/

Hope this is of some assistance.  Pidgin just invokes the handler when a 
link is clicked on, it's up to your system to handle the rest from 
there.  So there must be a misconfiguration somewhere in the chain.  
Possibly due to a buggy upgrade from Win7 to Win8?


On 12/13/2012 9:42 AM, Jake Lauer wrote:
> Sorry to be a bother, but does anyone have more info on this?
>
> --
> Jake Lauer
> http://jakelauer.com
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM, Jake Lauer <jake.lauer at gmail.com 
> <mailto:jake.lauer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Yes, this is for normal HTTP links. The debug window shows this
>     when I click on a link:
>
>     (11:16:26) winpidgin: Error opening URI: http://google.com error: 5
>
>     --
>     Jake Lauer
>     http://jakelauer.com
>
>
>
>     On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM, Daniel Atallah
>     <datallah at pidgin.im <mailto:datallah at pidgin.im>> wrote:
>
>         On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM, Jake Lauer
>         <jake.lauer at gmail.com <mailto:jake.lauer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         > I just managed to reinstall without any settings being saved
>         by removing the
>         > .purple folder from my AppData files. With a clean, brand
>         new installation,
>         > the problem still persists.
>
>         There's nothing related to the browser in the configuration, so it
>         isn't really surprising that blowing away the configuration
>         wouldn't
>         have any effect.
>
>         What kind of links are these? Are they "normal" http://...
>         links or
>         something else?
>
>         What does the debug log (Help->Debug Window) say when you
>         click on one
>         of these links (you need to have the window open at the time
>         the event
>         occurs for it to have any effect)?
>
>
>         -D
>
>         >
>         > On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Jake Lauer
>         <jake.lauer at gmail.com <mailto:jake.lauer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         >>
>         >> Daniel,
>         >>
>         >> I have attempted to fix the problem by switching my default
>         browser
>         >> between a few of the ones I have installed, but the problem
>         persists. I have
>         >> tried re-installing, but it seems as though Pidgin
>         remembers something about
>         >> previous installs... is there a way to fully uninstall and
>         reinstall?
>         >>
>         >> --
>         >> Jake Lauer
>         >> http://jakelauer.com
>         >>
>         >>
>         >>
>         >> On Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Daniel Atallah
>         <datallah at pidgin.im <mailto:datallah at pidgin.im>> wrote:
>         >>>
>         >>> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Jake Lauer
>         <jake.lauer at gmail.com <mailto:jake.lauer at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         >>> > Hi guys,
>         >>> >
>         >>> > I've been using Pidgin for a long time, but recently a
>         problem has
>         >>> > cropped
>         >>> > up. I think it might be related to the fact that I
>         switched to Windows
>         >>> > 8
>         >>> > from Windows 7 recently. Anyway, now, whenever I click
>         on a link of any
>         >>> > kind
>         >>> > in Pidgin, nothing happens. The link turns red/purple
>         like it's active,
>         >>> > but
>         >>> > the browser doesn't open. I have to copy the link and
>         paste into a
>         >>> > browser
>         >>> > to get it to work. Any ideas?
>         >>>
>         >>>
>         >>> There's unfortunately quite a bit of misinformation in the
>         responses
>         >>> you've gotten so far.
>         >>>
>         >>> The browser usage has never been configurable on Windows;
>         Pidgin
>         >>> simply uses the system browser (and this is known to work
>         on Windows 8
>         >>> - there are a few issues with SSL links not opening
>         correctly, but
>         >>> that's a different issue than what you're reporting).
>         >>>
>         >>> The solution to the type of problem that you're seeing is
>         almost
>         >>> always to reset your default browser in Windows (the best
>         way to do
>         >>> this is to switch the default browser to another browser
>         and then
>         >>> back).
>         >>>
>         >>> The only other possibility that I can think of is that
>         you're running
>         >>> Pidgin as a different user than your desktop session (one
>         common way
>         >>> that this can happen is if you launch Pidgin using the
>         checkbox on the
>         >>> last step of the installer (the ability to do this has now
>         been remove
>         >>> to avoid this, and other problems).
>         >>>
>         >>> -D
>
>
>
>
>
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