Re: [dev][project] soap - a simple xdg-open replacement

From: Dmitrij D. Czarkoff <>
Date: Thu, 8 May 2014 10:37:39 +0200

FRIGN said:
> > I did not investigate issue in detail, but apparently xdg-open treats
> > all http links as "text/html". "xdg-open http:" starts Firefox.
> Yes, that's the problem. That's why I wrote soap in the first place.

But this is easy to work around with a shell script. Having something
like "" below, you may make a simple .desktop file and:

        $ xdg-mime default http-helper.desktop text/html

It is more consistent with a model, doesn't break package manager (you
have xdg-utils in dependecies for software, don't you?) and is easier to

> Well, if you edit your .mailcap frequently, why not just alias a
> command like
> editsoap = vim /path/to/soap/config.h && make clean && make install
> to provide the same functionality?

Obviously, this is the way to work around the issue. Still, moving
configuration of program X to configuration file of program Y feels like
bad taste to me.

Dmitrij D. Czarkoff
MIME=`curl -I --max-redirs -1 -s "$_AT_" | sed -Ee '/Content-Type/!d' -e 's/.+: ([^;]+)(;.*)?/\1/'`
if [ "$MIME" == "text/html" -o "x$MIME" == "x" ]
	file=`mktemp -p "${TMP:-/tmp}" xdgXXXXXX`
	curl -s "$_AT_" > $file
	xdg-open $file
	rm $file
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