using %U vs %F to open files

Chris Cheney ccheney at
Fri Jul 25 18:20:28 BST 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-25 at 18:24 +0200, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> Chris Cheney [2008-07-23 11:28 -0500]:
> > I talked with Sebastien, and Martin last Friday about
> > having problems opening files over various different systems that gvfs
> > supports. currently uses %U to try to open files and
> > often manages to screw up while doing so. The discussion involved
> > potentially switching the %U to %F in the desktop files to have
> > gvfs-fuse-daemon do the heavy lifting.
> Thanks for your investigations! So you'd think that OO.o's own gvfs
> support is too weak/buggy/unmaintained to get fixed in time, and we'd
> rather disable it completely? If the code is too brittle, my feeling
> is that this would be a good idea then, especially for hardy.
> The "files to burn" issue you mentioned seems to be a no-op indeed.

After talking to some of the other developers it appears
full gvfs support will be in 3.0.0 so this may not be a big issue for
OOo in Intrepid after all. Also due to other bugs I have seen in Hardy
surrounding gvfs-fuse support its probably not worth changing the
desktop files for OOo in hardy-updates, unless those other bugs are
fixed as well.

> > I think someone also mentioned possibly changing something in
> > nautilus, maybe to do this automatically, but I wasn't clear on what
> > was being talked about with respect to nautilus.
> That was indeed a quick straw-man, but there might be connections
> supported by gvfs which cannot be (properly) presented through a fuse
> mount. Seb, do you know any? If not, WDYT about just generally passing
> the fuse mount path to an app if it exists?
> Chris Cheney [2008-07-23 11:58 -0500]:
> > Also, I don't know if this is a bug but after opening a document over
> > smb it shows up in the Places->Recent Documents, but if you click on it
> > there it opens it in File Roller instead of OOo. Maybe it only looks at
> > applications that support %U to open Recent Documents? 
> That indeed sounds like a bug in the panel. I don't see why a file
> should behave differently when you open it in nautilus or in "recent
> documents". Is that filed somewhere already?

I'm not sure if that was bug has been filed by anyone else yet.


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