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Old 04-18-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Firefox not opening ODT files in Libreoffice


I can't get Firefox to open Opendoc files in the correct program.

I'm using Gnome 2.32 (or 1.4.2? I'm not sure) and KDE 4.6.1 and in both instances whenever I download an ODT and right-click to "Open" it in the Downloads window, Firefox opens up "python /usr/bin/ebook-viewer (filename)".

I already went into mimeTypes.rdf and deleted the entire reference to odt, and I also went into dolphin, konqueror and nautilus to make sure it opens into Libre Office.

What else do I need to do to make Firefox open ODT files in the application I desire?

Thanks!
 
Old 04-18-2011, 03:46 PM   #2
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Hi,

I'd try (in FireFox, of course) Edit-Preferences-Applications. There you'd select the ODT extention and choose the required program from the drop-down. You may (MAY, I dont know) have to look into the file system for the Writer...

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I'm using Gnome 2.32 (or 1.4.2? I'm not sure)
You need to click System-About Gnome for the correct info...and the version of Gnome/KDE does not matter, as far as I can tell...

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Old 04-18-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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Hi,

I'd try (in FireFox, of course) Edit-Preferences-Applications. There you'd select the ODT extention and choose the required program from the drop-down. You may (MAY, I dont know) have to look into the file system for the Writer...
I tried that and it didn't work, which is why I completely removed odt from the mimeTypes file.
 
Old 04-18-2011, 05:13 PM   #4
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I'd try "xdg-mime default <application> <mimetype>", but I don't know the command to start OpenOffice writer, nor do I know ODT's mimetype.
 
Old 04-19-2011, 03:20 AM   #5
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I'd try "xdg-mime default <application> <mimetype>", but I don't know the command to start OpenOffice writer, nor do I know ODT's mimetype.
Me neither... this'll take a whole lot of research...
 
Old 04-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
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Try installing mozilla-libreoffice depending on your distro and how you installed Libreoffice it can be a separate package.


mozilla-libreoffice - office productivity suite -- Mozilla plugin
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This package contains a Mozilla/Netscape compatible plugin which can handle
all OOo documents.
 
Old 04-22-2011, 02:39 AM   #7
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Try installing mozilla-libreoffice depending on your distro and how you installed Libreoffice it can be a separate package.


mozilla-libreoffice - office productivity suite -- Mozilla plugin
Crap, that doesn't exist for Fedora. Only Debian/Ubuntu.
 
Old 04-23-2011, 05:06 AM   #8
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Okay well how do I find out why Firefox calls "python /usr/bin/ebook-viewer"? Is there a setting inside Firefox that I can investigate?

mozilla-libreoffice doesn't exist for Fedora. My only other option is to uninstall libreoffice but apparently Fedora 15 is using Libreoffice which means I'll never be able to open ODT files through Firefox. (Which means I gotta download, hunt for them and open them manually.)
 
Old 04-24-2011, 01:17 AM   #9
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Ok in Firefox "Use Ebook reader (Default)" is set. How in the world do I get rid of that default?

I know someone here is an expert on Firefox...?
 
Old 04-25-2011, 09:34 PM   #10
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Hey does anyone know about changing FireFox default settings?

I keep going into Firefox Preferences / Applications and asking it to use LibreOffice but it never sets LibreOffice as (Default). I really need help here... someone who knows firefox please give me a few tips, thanks!
 
Old 04-25-2011, 10:03 PM   #11
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I just pointed my Firefox at a *.odt file on my hard drive, double-clicked, and Firefox presented me with an "open with" dialog.

It was set to Open Office, but it gave me an option to point to another program and check an "Always use . . ." check box.

I browsed to /usr/bin/ and selected libreoffice, checked the checkbox, and the file opened in LO. I then selected another *.odt file and now LO was the default.

You would probably have to do this for each OO file type.

For the life of me, I can't find where that is in the Firefox Edit-->Preferences dialog or even in about:config. It may be buried in some file in home dot mozilla somewhere but I'm too lazy to look.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:33 PM   #12
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I just pointed my Firefox at a *.odt file on my hard drive, double-clicked, and Firefox presented me with an "open with" dialog.

It was set to Open Office, but it gave me an option to point to another program and check an "Always use . . ." check box.

I browsed to /usr/bin/ and selected libreoffice, checked the checkbox, and the file opened in LO. I then selected another *.odt file and now LO was the default.

You would probably have to do this for each OO file type.

For the life of me, I can't find where that is in the Firefox Edit-->Preferences dialog or even in about:config. It may be buried in some file in home dot mozilla somewhere but I'm too lazy to look.
Ok I tried this today. It works this way when you open the file through the file menu, but when you download the file and open it from the "Downloads" window it still opens in the E-book viewer instead of libreoffice.

Argh!!! I wish I knew what this e-book reader package is so I could "yum remove" it!!!
 
Old 04-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #13
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Okay the problem is Calibre. When I removed Calibre from my system this entire problem goes away.

But when I reinstalled Calibre it supercedes my settings - so when I try to open a downloaded .ODT file in Firefox's Downloads window it fires up /usr/bin/ebook-viewer again.

Now I can't find the setting in Calibre to make it ignore .ODT. ARGH. WTF.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 11:04 PM   #14
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Are you using Fedora?

It's a stab in the dark, but let Firefox (try to) open a document in the ebook reader thingee. Maybe you can get the program name from the title bar; that might help you in your search.

Then try "yum provides [program name]" to see what package it's from.

I have CentOS in VirtualBox (I know it's not the same as Fedora) and when I searched the Add/Remove Software for "ebook reader," it turned up stuff like gedit, for heaven's sake.
 
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Okay the problem is Calibre. When I removed Calibre from my system this entire problem goes away.

But when I reinstalled Calibre it supercedes my settings - so when I try to open a downloaded .ODT file in Firefox's Downloads window it fires up /usr/bin/ebook-viewer again.

Now I can't find the setting in Calibre to make it ignore .ODT. ARGH. WTF.
It sounds like Calibre is working as designed. Since one of the formats it understands is .ODT, it assigns itself as the default app for that format. Is there an option during the Calibre install where you can disallow that by chance?
 
  


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