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Posted Nov 17, 2010 0:05 UTC (Wed) by corbet (editor, #1)
In reply to: Ghosts of Unix past, part 3: Unfixable designs by tpo
Parent article: Ghosts of Unix past, part 3: Unfixable designs

"Posteriority"? You're going to sit on it? :)

As noted elsewhere; future readers of a classic text are likely to be supremely uninterested in the typos that made it through the editing process. That's why we prefer that people email them to us.

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Posted Nov 18, 2010 18:15 UTC (Thu) by RobSeace (subscriber, #4435) [Link]

You really should add a "report typo" button at the bottom of every story,
with a web form to fill in... When people are in their browser reading a web
site, they hate to jump through the hoop of firing up their E-mail program (or
navigating to their web-mail site) just to report a typo, especially when there's
a handy-dandy easier-to-use forum thread right there that they can mention it
in instead...

And, yes, I know you've already got a "mailto:" link, but for many of us,
"mailto:" is useless... It doesn't bring up my prefered E-mail client (elm,
running on a completely different machine than where my browser is currently


Posted Nov 21, 2010 10:56 UTC (Sun) by Darkmere (subscriber, #53695) [Link]

Fix ye'r mailclient configuration ;)

( ssh -t user@host 'something something something %U' ) should do it for you, add to a .desktop, associate as a Mailer and you should be good to go


Posted Nov 22, 2010 18:46 UTC (Mon) by wookey (subscriber, #5501) [Link]

This is a great suggestion, but where does one put it? It's the desktop or browser config that decides what to do with mailto: links. mozilla seems to have it's own internal config with useful options like 'yahoo mail' or 'googlemail' or 'thunderbird'. I can pick 'other' and specify '/usr/bin/ssh' there but not a useful command line SFAICT. THose internal options live in some kind of internal database thing SFAIK so there is no handy text file in .mozilla/firefox/435l2hlia.default to edit (is there?)

see gnome-default-applications-properties

Posted Nov 22, 2010 19:41 UTC (Mon) by jku (subscriber, #42379) [Link]

In GNOME gnome-default-applications-properties will let you choose the default mailto handler. You can set a custom entry like "/home/wookey/bin/ %s". Mozilla products respect this, I think.

The current setup seems to allow what you want but it's pretty limited in many ways. See Bastien Noceras blog for some recent mimetype-related developments:

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