[Reportbug-maint] Bug#616523: querybts: browsing fails unless xdg-open is present when /bin/sh is dash

RjY rjy at users.sourceforge.net
Sat Mar 5 08:39:53 UTC 2011

Package: reportbug
Version: 5.0
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

Trying to start a web browser to view bug reports (with e.g. querybts -w
or via 'b') fails with the error "sh: xdg-open: not found"

The code used in launch_browser (urlutils.py) to detect if xdg-open is
present on the system is a bashism. When /bin/sh is dash, the wrong exit
code is returned, fooling launch_browser into thinking xdg-open is
available when it is not. launch_browser then tries to run the command
anyway, which fails with the above message, and returns without doing
anything else.

This patch seems to fix the problem for me. checkbashisms also reported
"'command' with option other than -p", so you might prefer to use
'which'. However dash supports 'command -v' so I will leave it up to you

diff --git a/reportbug/urlutils.py b/reportbug/urlutils.py
index c4ba5aa..054932d 100644
--- a/reportbug/urlutils.py
+++ b/reportbug/urlutils.py
@@ -163,7 +163,7 @@ def open_url(url, http_proxy=None, timeout=60):
     return page
 def launch_browser(url):
-    if not os.system('command -v xdg-open &> /dev/null'):
+    if not os.system('command -v xdg-open >/dev/null 2>&1'):
         cmd = 'xdg-open' + commands.mkarg(url)

-- Package-specific info:
** Environment settings:

** /home/rjy/.reportbugrc:
reportbug_version "5.0"
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email "rjy at users.sourceforge.net"

-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.37-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages reportbug depends on:
ii  apt                    Advanced front-end for dpkg
ii  python                  2.6.6-3+squeeze5 interactive high-level object-orie
ii  python-reportbug        5.0              Python modules for interacting wit

reportbug recommends no packages.

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pn  python-urwid                  <none>     (no description available)
pn  python-vte                    <none>     (no description available)
pn  xdg-utils                     <none>     (no description available)

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