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Old 10-16-2006, 03:25 AM   #1
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Konqueror tries to play sound then crashes

Oh for a better desktop! This is an issue that keeps on coming up - Kde trying to use Konqueror for everything.

The latest manifestation comes from a hyperlink in an OpenOffice spreadsheet to a .wav file. It either plays the sound or invokes the associated player in Windows and in a non-kde Linux system.

I've added %u to the command line in the file association and selected "Show file in embedded viewer", to no avail. The string %u keeps disappearing because Kde does not like to retain file association settings.

When I click on the link, Konqueror opens, then crashes, presumably because it isn't designed to play a sound file. From backtrace:
This backtrace appears to be of no use.
This is probably because your packages are built in a way which prevents creation of proper backtraces, or the stack frame was seriously corrupted in the crash.

(no debugging symbols found)
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/".
Does anyone know how to stop Konqueror getting in the way?
Old 10-17-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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in kde control centre.../kde components/file associations/audio/...
x-wav....what file is accociated with this media?

2) did you remember to unprotect your spreadsheet b4 changing

3) where did you try to make the change so I can have a go in Icewm ?

Last edited by aus9; 10-17-2006 at 09:36 AM.
Old 10-18-2006, 09:22 AM   #3
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Greetings. Thanks for replying.

1. The first application associated with x-wav is Alsa Player, which is the player I use for sounds in kalarm and system notifications.

2. The spreadsheet document is not protected. It's a document I use for testing. I used the Insert >Hyperlink menu command to insert a hyperlink.

3. In the KDE control module dialogue I select "Alsa Player" and click the Edit button. If I alter the menu itself, Mandriva will add a duplicate menu entry without the amendment - still, I could do that.

Pressing the edit button raises another dialogue. The third tab contains the file command.

I did not think of trying this in IceWm. That's a good idea. I've actually just installed FluxBox as well because it is said to have "Kde support", which I need for the Kde applications I use.
Old 10-23-2006, 06:24 AM   #4
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I've been distracted by other things, which are keeping me fully occupied. I have, however, discovered quite by chance that OpenOffice requires "Java Media Framework" to play sounds:

The download link is:

Setup instructions:

Howto build an rpm (also fortuitous):


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