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    Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs

    When I click on a hyperlink in a PDF using evince (AKA Document Viewer), evince looks for /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/firefox which doesn't exist anymore due to an upgrade from Dapper to Hardy and the new Firefox version 3.0.1.

    I could make that folder and put a symbolic link to the firefox binary, but I am looking for a more elegant solution. I have been trying to look for an evince configuration file but have been unsuccessful, and the evince man page is anything but helpful.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Re: Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs

    Seeing as Evince is a gnome application I would expect that it is looking for the default browser as defined in System>Preferences>Preferred Applications. Unfortunately I am not on my Ubuntu machine to confirm this but it is quite easy to confirm that the browser defined there points to your current Firefox.
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    Re: Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs

    I never replied to how I solved this! I will take a stab at it now for those that may need this:

    I took ryanhaigh's suggestion to heart, thinking that it might be the Ubuntu OS rather than evince that was sugesting the incorect location to the browser.

    The following link was helpful:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubunt...-command-line/

    Solution:
    to summarize, use the
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
    and select the number for the corresponding browser you want to be default. In my case it was /usr/bin/firefox-3.0

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    Smile Re: Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs

    Quote Originally Posted by ryanhaigh View Post
    System>Preferences>Preferred Applications. Unfortunately I am not on my Ubuntu machine to confirm this but it is quite easy to confirm that the browser defined there points to your current Firefox.
    It's work!!! thanks!

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    Re: Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs

    My problem seems a bit different, in that hyperlinks in pdf files viewed in Evince don't even register. The curser doesn't change when over the link, and no link info appears. So it's not a case of not being able to find Firefox - it's not even recognising that a link exists. Any thoughts?

    Xubuntu 12.04, Evince 3.4.0

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    Re: Evince, or Document Viewer cannot find firefox when clicking hyperlinks in PDFs


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