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james.brown 02-16-2015 02:44 AM

What is debian sensible browser?
What is debian sensible browser?

I have only one browser (google chrome) in my xubuntu 14.04 system.

Why i see alert with "Debian sensible browser" what is this?

pan64 02-16-2015 02:54 AM

probably this helps:

james.brown 02-16-2015 04:14 AM

How i can full remove this "Debian sensible browser"?

widget 02-16-2015 05:09 AM


# apt-get remove epiphany-browser

james.brown 02-16-2015 05:18 AM

widget, Package 'epiphany-browser' is not installed, so not removed

widget 02-16-2015 04:00 PM

Well that would make it hard to remove.

I think Xubuntu is one of the nicer Ubuntu family members but as a Xfce user I don't think much of it. A lot of different respins that offer Xfce use Xubuntu as a model and it is really too bad. Too many packages from Gnome, particularly Nautilus installed just to run the desktop and some config tools.

This makes the Xfce settings manager appear to not work for some jobs. It actually works fine. The problem is that Gnome applications, not Xfce applications are running the show.

This makes it a bit tough to help with your problem.

How did you install Chrome?

If you installed this outside the normal package management system it could be a problem. Even then I would have thought that if you open it from the menu it would throw up a popup box asking if you wanted to make that your default browser.

This would be the easiest solution if I understand the problem correctly.

John VV 02-16-2015 09:28 PM


What is debian sensible browser?
the DEFAULT installed "iceweasel" in Debian 7 and 8

mark_alfred 02-20-2015 02:22 PM

I have two browsers installed (three including lynx), those being Chrome and Firefox. My preference is Firefox, but often Chrome gets defaulted to (to digress: I only installed Chrome because some sites require a later flash, which only Chrome has, but, frankly, I rarely care to look at these awful flash things anyway). So, if you find another browser is sometimes getting defaulted to when you open a website link via some program or another, then check the program itself for its defaults under either "options" or "preferences" and listed often as "external programs". Also, if using xfce, via the "Applications" button (the "Start" button in Windows speak) check Settings/Preferred Applications/Internet/Web Browser, and select the one you wish to use.

If you only have Chrome installed, then the "debian sensible browser" will be Chrome. It may open with different view settings than you're used to, though. Check the menu tab to identify what browser it is. Again, if you've only installed Chrome, then it will be Chrome.

Not that it's particularly relevant, but the "Debian Sensible Browser" is just what is considered the default. The program sensible-browser is actually only a script that calls up an installed browser. It's not a browser itself. See script below:


mark@mark-OptiPlex-755:~$ cat /usr/bin/sensible-browser


if test -n "$BROWSER"; then
    for i in $BROWSER; do
        case "$i" in
            printf 'Using sensible-browser in $BROWSER makes no sense.\n' >&2
            exit 1
            i="$i %s"
        cmd=$(printf "$i\n" "$URL")
        $cmd && exit 0
    printf 'None of the browsers in $BROWSER worked!\n' >&2
    exit 1

if test -n "$DISPLAY"; then
    if test -n "$GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID"; then
        if test -x /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser; then
            exec /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser ${URL:+"$URL"}
        elif test -x /usr/bin/x-www-browser; then
            exec /usr/bin/x-www-browser ${URL:+"$URL"}
        elif test -x /usr/bin/gnome-terminal && test -x /usr/bin/www-browser; then
            exec /usr/bin/gnome-terminal -e "/usr/bin/www-browser ${URL:+\"$URL\"}"
    if test -x /usr/bin/x-www-browser; then
        exec /usr/bin/x-www-browser ${URL:+"$URL"}
    elif test -x /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator && test -x /usr/bin/www-browser; then
        exec /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator -e /usr/bin/www-browser ${URL:+"$URL"}
elif test -x /usr/bin/www-browser; then
    exec /usr/bin/www-browser ${URL:+"$URL"}

printf "Couldn't find a suitable web browser!\n" >&2
printf "Set the BROWSER environment variable to your desired browser.\n" >&2
exit 1;

And here's another script, the xfce desktop file "debian-sensible-browser.desktop":


mark@mark-OptiPlex-755:/usr/share/cups/drv$ cat /usr/share/xfce4/helpers/debian-sensible-browser.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Name=Debian Sensible Browser
Name[ar]=متصفح ديبيان
Name[ast]=Debian Sensible Browser
Name[be]=Прадвызначаны Гартач у Debian
Name[bg]=Дебиан Sensible браузър
Name[bn]=ডেবিয়ান সংবেদনশীল ব্রাউজার
Name[ca]=Navegador sensible de Debian
Name[cs]=Debian Sensible Browser
Name[da]=Debian Sensible Browser
Name[de]=Debians voreingestellter Webbrowser
Name[el]=Φυλλομετρητής Sensible Debian
Name[en_GB]=Debian Sensible Browser


X-XFCE-CommandsWithParameter=%B "%s";

So, the xfce script "debian sensible browser" from the desktop file is calling up the script "sensible-browser" which in turn decides which script it will default to (IE, gnome-www-browser or x-www-browser, etc.) These latter scripts theoretically point to the browser which the user him/herself has expressed a preference for, supposedly. Again, then, it's best to make these preferences known to the system via the ways I described.

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