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Old 11-23-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
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creating a link


Where can I find more info on creating a link. I have two linux books and they just mention it very briefly. I can't seem to locate the command on my MP's.
Using the example provided in a previous answer to this question doesn't quite answer it for me, e.g. "rt click on desktop->create new->file->link to application"
I seem to be missing something here for I get a dialogue box that wants to know:General info;application {description;comment;command;Work path }
I'm trying to link mozilla-firefox to Mail-Kontact so that when I click on the URL's it will go there via firefox. I have already elevated firefox to the top of the list.
Where do I look for the complete address of firefox?
Thank you, sorry for asking such a banal question.
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Old 11-23-2006, 04:09 PM   #2
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Read the manual page for the command "ln". In a terminal, type "man ln".
 
Old 11-23-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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Before you tell me, "there is no manual page for 1n", that's ln, lower case L, lower case N.
 
Old 11-23-2006, 04:25 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by matthewg42
Read the manual page for the command "ln". In a terminal, type "man ln".
I'm glad you understood his question, I couldn't make heads or tails of what he's trying to accomplish here. LOL
 
Old 11-23-2006, 10:47 PM   #5
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Neither of you get the question here. I interpret that he's trying to make Kontact pull up URL's in his e-mail with Firefox as opposed to the default which is Konqueror. I would like to accomplish the same thing. I have wanted to for years and I don't know how, even by elevating which application should be chosen first. I've been watching this thread in case someone has a solution. I would really like to know how to do this too. I absolutely love KMail and it's security. I use Firefox for my browser. I want links in my e-mail to use Firefox too.

If I'm not interpreting this correctly either, I would still like to know how this is accomplished. As of right now, I just right click on the URLs for "Copy Link Address" and then paste it in the URL window in Firefox.
 
Old 11-23-2006, 10:55 PM   #6
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Neither of you get the question here. I interpret that he's trying to make Kontact pull up URL's in his e-mail with Firefox as opposed to the default which is Konqueror. I would like to accomplish the same thing. I have wanted to for years and I don't know how, even by elevating which application should be chosen first. I've been watching this thread in case someone has a solution. I would really like to know how to do this too. I absolutely love KMail and it's security. I use Firefox for my browser. I want links in my e-mail to use Firefox too.

If I'm not interpreting this correctly either, I would still like to know how this is accomplished. As of right now, I just right click on the URLs for "Copy Link Address" and then paste it in the URL window in Firefox.
This is done via the KDE control centre. In:
KDE Component
-> Default Applications
-> Web Browser
-> Select "in the following browser"
-> Enter "firefox" in the text box

Voila.
 
Old 11-23-2006, 11:07 PM   #7
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This is done via the KDE control centre. In:
KDE Component
-> Default Applications
-> Web Browser
-> Select "in the following browser"
-> Enter "firefox" in the text box

Voila.
Yep, whether using KDE or Gnome or Whatever you simply make FF the default.
 
Old 11-23-2006, 11:07 PM   #8
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Thank you. You were close enough that I could figure it out from there. You must be running slightly different version of KDE than I. I am running 3.5.4. In past versions, I didn't know how this was done either. Here are the steps for my KDE version:

Control Center -> KDE Components -> Component Chooser -> Web Browser
Then click the radio button for "in the following browser:" and put in "firefox" (no quotes) and click "Apply"

Life is good. Can't believe this was so simple and I never bothered to pursue this before

Thanks matthewg42!
 
Old 11-24-2006, 05:58 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Linking mail and firefox

Yup, Linux certainly has a way of humbling a guy !
MatthewG42, right -on! man ln brings up the proper page. I could ask why not man link or man lk etc. but I won't.
meetscott nailed it. And of course it was embarassingly simple, but then most things are when one knows how.
For some reason file:///home/mathay/Desktop/MozillaFirefox.desktop
was in the "following browser box" I never would have tipped to erase that and enter such a naked little 'firefox' but it worked without protest.
Thanks everybody. This is a wonderful service.
drmjh
 
Old 11-24-2006, 09:23 AM   #10
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man ln brings up the proper page. I could ask why not man link or man lk etc. but I won't.
That sounds like an excuse for me to waffle endlessly about *nix! w00t!

The command line commands are written in a very abbreviated form - the more commonly used ones having the shortest names. I think the intention was to reduce the number of keystrokes necessary when working with the console a lot. I think this has worked, but at the cost of making the command names a little more difficult to work out.

When in doubt, the manual has a keyword search facility. You can either type in "apropos keyword", or "man -k keyword". The output is a list of manual pages which contain this keyword. The manual section is printed in brackets after the page name, e.g. ln(1). section 1 is commands used from the command line (other sections have things like C library functions, file formats and so on). You can ask apropos to return results from one one section of the manual using the -s option. So to search for command line programs which are to do with links, you might do this:
Code:
apropos -s 1 link
...and indeed, ln is in there with a nice one line summary.

The manual system isn't very flash by today's standards - no graphics or hyperlinks, but it's got a lot of cool info in it. It's so useful that several attempts to get rid of it and replace it with something more modern have utterly failed. Long live the manual!

Last edited by matthewg42; 11-25-2006 at 05:46 AM.
 
Old 11-24-2006, 03:55 PM   #11
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Thanks Matthew, I've copied that to my tips Linux folder. I'm sure I'll be using it.
drmjh (Matthew)
 
  


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