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Author:  Kirt Smith [ Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Weblinks not working.

Hi, none of the weblinks in the resources or webapps seems to be working. Example: if I go to Education-StudyAids-Resources- then click on Coursera; nothing happens. Please let me know if there's something that I need to do to correct this problem. I really love being able to have quick access to those resources that I would not know about if I wasn't using Uberstudent.

Thank you.

Author:  Stephen Ewen [ Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks not working.

Thanks for letting us know.

It looks like a bug in xdg-open, which is the first option in the script to open weblinks. I have fixed the issue by getting the latest upstream source for xdg-utils and building a package for it. I've released the new xdg-utils package into the uberstudent.net repository. Just look for it in and install it from the Update Manager OR run the following line in a terminal:
Code:
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install xdg-utils

Author:  Kirt Smith [ Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks not working.

Thank you for the great support. I hope you don't mind me asking another question.

1. Would I be able to add my own weblinks under applications-education?

2. I use Slimjet, which is a Chrome based browser just for work. It seems like the distro adds your administrator options; like Zotero, in all Chrome browsers. Is there anyway to remove that or is it just part of the distro and I have to live with it? Thank you.

Author:  Kirt Smith [ Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks not working.

Hi, the fix didn't work for me. I had reinstalled the software. The weblinks work in love mode, but after everything is installed and updated, it does not work.

Author:  Damion Lunin [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Zotero

Kirt Smith wrote:
I use Slimjet, which is a Chrome based browser just for work. It seems like the distro adds your administrator options; like Zotero, in all Chrome browsers.

It is not really the "distro" that added Zotero to Slimjet; what you are seeing is the result of the fact that Slimjet shares some directories and files with Chrome, including one's pertinent to Zotero.

Author:  Damion Lunin [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks Not Working

Kirt Smith wrote:
Hi, the fix didn't work for me. I had reinstalled the software. The weblinks work in love mode, but after everything is installed and updated, it does not work.

Can you provide an example of a specific weblink that is not working?

Author:  Kirt Smith [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks not working.

Hi, anything under webapps or resources that's not installed. I like using the options under Education-Study Aides-then if I choose resources or webapps....nothing processes when I select something. Say I wanted to view the "Online Writing Lab"; nothing opens. It works when I connect the USB and try Live mode.

Author:  Stephen Ewen [ Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:24 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Weblinks not working.

Well, since I cannot replicate the issue and don't have Slimjet installed, we're safe to assume that Slimjet is the cause.

I downloaded, extracted, and looked around at it. You should be aware that, for some reason, Slimjet contains its own version of xdg-settings and xdg-mime. I don't know why--it is very odd--and I don't want to go through 1,188 lines of code to find out. So I think that's the source of the issue right there.

Still, you can try the following:

To try to force Slimjet to open weblinks:

Hit F12 on your keyboard to call a terminal and run
Code:
xfg-settings set default-web-browser slimjet.desktop
If that does not work, try
Code:
xfg-settings set default-web-browser /usr/share/applications/slimjet.desktop


To get the browser to use a separate profile and not piggyback on the Chromium/Chrome one, as Damion said it appears to be doing:

1. Run the following line in a terminal
Code:
mkdir -p "$HOME/.config/slimjet-custom"

2. Go the shortcut you use to open Slimjet and in the properties add a switch after the executable name like this
Code:
flashpeak-slimjet --user-data-dir=$HOME/.config/slimjet-custom
If that doesn't work, change $HOME to your actual username, the name of your home directory. I've not tested it with Slimjet but if it works like Chromium here, this should create a new, fresh profile from scratch in the custom location and use the new default configs.

BTW, from a quick look, it appears that Slimjet offers nothing other than standard Chromium with Adblock and other extensions added. It has dozens of compiled java script files that no one can simply open and read to find out what they do, which, for what it's worth, would be a red flag for me about using it unless I knew the developer well. You might consider purging Slimjet and customizing Chromium with extensions to do essentially the same thing. Chromium does not have Chrome's "call home to Google" feature.

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