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    Lightbulb Open Telnet/SSH from URI in firefox

    Dear all,

    There is a number of mini-HowTos around which are describing how to start telnet sessions from firefox.

    Somewhen since Ubuntu 8.04 the procedures Jonathan Ernst, James Zuelow and others provided stopped working - at least in my enviroment. Since I'm a newbie in this regard it took some time to figure out how to cope with this one. Please be carefull. Maybe my approach of the problem only worked because of I had a brandnew firefox installation and no rules for mms:// were in place.

    1) Open Firefox and start an URL 'mms://'
    Firefox wants to know whether it shall open 'totem' or 'another application'.
    Choose 'another application' and apply the telnet-script shown below.

    2) Look for the directory which contains the config files of Firefox.
    (It looks like '~/.mozilla/firefox/abcdef0g.default')
    Open mimeTypes.rdf with vi and substitute all 'mms' with 'telnet'.

    3) If you want to you can repeat the procedure (steps 1 + 2) with replacing telnet with ssh.

    4) Restart Firefox
    The first time you start URI telnet://... and URI ssh://... you will be asked to choose totem or another application. Apply your appropriate script and make the choice permanent by clicking the checkbox.

    URI 'telnet://' should open the configuration panel of putty ready to start a telnet session.
    URI 'telnet://hostname.domain' should open a telnet session with the default port number 23.
    URI 'telnet://hostname.domain/8023' should open a telnet session with the port number 8023.
    URI 'ssh://' should open the configuration panel of putty ready to start a ssh session.
    URI 'ssh://hostname.domain' should open a ssh session with the default port number 22.
    URI 'ssh://hostname.domain/8444' should open a ssh session with the port number 8444.

    My scripts:
    (Don't forget 'sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/moz-*')

    /usr/local/bin/moz-telnet.sh:
    #!/bin/bash
    address=`echo $1 | cut -d / -f 3`
    port=`echo $1 | cut -d / -f 4`
    if [ "$port" == "" ]; then
    port=23
    fi
    putty -telnet ${address} -P ${port}

    /usr/local/bin/moz-ssh.sh:
    #!/bin/bash
    address=`echo $1 | cut -d / -f 3`
    port=`echo $1 | cut -d / -f 4`
    if [ "$port" == "" ]; then
    port=22
    fi
    putty -ssh ${address} -P ${port}

    Reference:

    http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/how-do-...reebsd-system/
    http://www.freelists.org/post/juneau...net-in-Firefox
    http://ernstfamily.ch/jonathan/2008/...r-for-firefox/
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s....5/+bug/480502
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2630018
    + others I can't remember anymore

    My enviroment:

    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
    Gnome 2.28.1
    Firefox 3.5.7 (Mozilla Firefox for Ubuntu canonicle -1.0)

    Hopefully this helps anyone.

    Cheers
    Last edited by FlameLicker; February 15th, 2010 at 03:05 PM. Reason: Some Typos corrected; description of port number handling added;

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