Firefox 2 is exhibiting exactly the same behaviour for me. I did a
portupgrade yesterday, Firefox updated from to 2 and now the helper
apps don't work.

Mine is a FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE-p7 #0, and I don't use gnome either.

I would appreciate any suggestion on how to fix this problem.


Philip Paeps wrote:
> I've compiled Firefox 2.0 from marcuscom earlier this week. It appears to
> work great, except for the minor (but to me fairly important) feature of
> opening files I download.
> For instance, I have in my .mailcap file that I want PDF files opened with
> xpdf. I pointy-click a PDF file and I get a nice box offering to save it
> somewhere or open it with xpdf. So far so good, Firefox 2.0 still groks
> my
> .mailcap file.
> However, it just puts the PDF file I pointy-clicked in /tmp and doesn't
> fire
> up xpdf for me to look at it. So I need to do that myself. That gets
> boring
> very quickly.
> I think it is just refusing to spawn any external application. I also use
> the
> Greasemonkey extension and have pointed the 'editor' of user scripts to a
> script that fires up xterm -e vi. This worked fine in Firefox but
> now
> no longer works.
> When I tell firefox to open a file with a script that just does a 'touch'
> of a
> file in /tmp, for example, I don't see a file created in /tmp.
> Any idea what I might be missing or how I would go about debugging this?
> I
> spent the night looking at ktrace output and it's making me go blind. :-o
> Note that I do not use gnome. A list of packages on my system is here:
> I am using -CURRENT from fairly recently:
> FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT #4: Tue Oct
> 10
> 14:01:36 CEST 2006
> i386
> I'd appreciate any insights.
> Thanks!
> - Philip
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