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    mswinurl - Those URL files from WinDozer

    I have a huge number of .URL files on my drive since I have never used bookmarking... its so much more efficient to drop links into folders, and far more flexible.

    Unfortunately, GNOME uses a different format and won't accept the windoze URL file under any circumstances. The only option is to open the URL file in a text editor and grab the url with copy --> paste.

    So here's how to open that URL file automatically:

    First create this script and name it url.sh:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    IFS=$'©'
    
    FFOPENURL=$(grep -a -G URL=* $1)
    
    firefox ${FFOPENURL#*=}
    That will find the URL in the .URL file, and open firefox with it. To test it, try this in a terminal:
    Code:
    bash <dir>/url.sh <path to URL file>
    Now enter these commands:
    Code:
    sudo cp <path to url.sh> /usr/bin
    sudo sudo chmod ugoa+x /usr/bin/url.sh
    Or anywhere else you want it to go. I prefer /usr/bin because its easy to remember. (PATH won't help us here however since this isn't exactly a command)

    Finally its time to associate the [Internet Shortcut] or .URL file format in GNOME/Nautilus.
    Right click on a .URL file and go to the "open with" tab. Associate it with this command:
    Code:
    bash /usr/bin/url.sh
    If all goes well, you can now open the url file in FireFox.

    If all doesn't go well (it didn't for me) you will get an error about insecure filetype... bla bla bla. If that happens, associate the file with a text editor and right click the file to get "open with bash".
    Note: this quirk is not present in KDE!

    Edit: Here are some keywords that might make this tutorial more searchable.
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    Last edited by psych787; July 19th, 2007 at 03:30 AM.

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