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Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by elmarts » Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:30 pm

I have a dual boot system with Firefox existing both in windows 7 and in mint 18. I have folders on win7 drives that I can see from Mint, and some of them have URLs (file type .URL) that I have "pulled" from the Firefox address bar into these folders. They work fine as drag/drop in FF on win7, but fail miserably in FF on mint. Is there a "translation" utility to make these URLs readable in Mint's FF?
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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by ichnaton » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:19 pm

If these URL's are like file:/// and point to your windows C: drive or anything like that, you schould change the first part to whatever that drive is called in Mint. If the windows drive is visible at all, depending on the file system of the windows drive. Can you see the windows drive in Mint at all ?

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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by fungus » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:51 pm

You need to create a shell script that extracts the url from the .URL files and passes then to your browser, see this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/353932/e ... -on-ubuntu when the script is working you must right click a .URL file and select "Open with" and choose the script af standard program.
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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by elmarts » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:20 pm

ichnaton wrote:If these URL's are like file:/// and point to your windows C: drive or anything like that, you should change the first part to whatever that drive is called in Mint. If the windows drive is visible at all, depending on the file system of the windows drive. Can you see the windows drive in Mint at all ?
Yes, I can see all my NTFS drives in Mint, happily, and they reside on these drives. Changing them will make them useless in win7, though, correct?
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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by elmarts » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:28 pm

fungus wrote:You need to create a shell script that extracts the url from the .URL files and passes then to your browser, see this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/353932/e ... -on-ubuntu when the script is working you must right click a .URL file and select "Open with" and choose the script af standard program.
This looks promising, if very intimidating :) Please check me on this: conceptually, I would need to create a batch file that is the default executable for the .url file type which extracts the actual URL from the file, invokes the browser and passes that URL as an argument on the browser executable? the process pointed to by https://ubuntugenius.wordpress.com/2009 ... g-firefox/ is rather intense, so to speak, for a non commandline person. I gather that this is not a "package" that can be simply installed, and everything "works?
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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by trytip » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:33 pm

just open them as text and copy the url without the redirect. some of these redirect from facebook or google depending how you saved them
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Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by ichnaton » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:34 pm

elmarts wrote: Yes, I can see all my NTFS drives in Mint, happily, and they reside on these drives. Changing them will make them useless in win7, though, correct?
If you format the NTFS or change the filesystem type, yes, the contents will be lost indeed. As you have several, I see your solution coming, a day of moving around data till one is empty, format msdos and use that one from both systems. Good luck!

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[solved] Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by elmarts » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:05 pm

Actually, I found that WINE solved the problem, in that it opens these url files with rundll32 :)
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Re: [solved] Re: Firefox URLs from windows not working in FF on MINT?

Post by callmejoe » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:57 pm

elmarts wrote:
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:05 pm
Actually, I found that WINE solved the problem, in that it opens these url files with rundll32 :)
thank you! best use if wine i've ever found. :)

those bash scripts solutions are just too involved for me.

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