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    Run cups-config with the latest Firefox rather than native Iceweasel

    Good morning, Mr. Schultz! Hello, friends!
    I apologise for my long absence from the forum.
    I want to run cupsconfig (for the newer members, start->knoppix->Printer Configuration ) with the latest standalone firefox rather than the older version of iceweasel. I read the script of cupsconfig
    The link for "printer configuration" icon points to user/bin/cupsconfig.
    I read the file cupsconfig. Links to either x-www-browser or www-browser. The two linked files are links themselves. They lead further to /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser or www-browser.
    I have changed the start->preferences-> preferred applications with the browser as Firefox as a user. Didn't help.
    While the x-www-browser opens a terminal-based application, the other one tries to open the sytem's default browser Iceweasel. Since firefox is already running iceweasel can't run.
    Now, I could change the exec script in cupsconfig.
    I would rather want to implement the code for system-wide configuration. I could do sudo libfm-pref-apps. Actually, I have done it with success.
    But what is the best way to do it?
    Regards
    Last edited by rajibando; 03-09-2016 at 06:55 AM.

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    You may use "update-alternatives" for system wide setting
    Code:
    su
    update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

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    Thank you, Mr. Schulz. I will try and inform you.
    I apologise for the typo while addressing a highly admired senior.
    ...
    Yes, I did. I read the output:
    There are 3 choices for the alternative x-www-browser (providing /usr/bin/x-www-browser).

    Selection Path Priority Status
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    0 /usr/bin/konqueror 100 auto mode
    1 /usr/bin/chromium 40 manual mode
    * 2 /usr/bin/iceweasel 70 manual mode
    3 /usr/bin/konqueror 100 manual mode

    Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
    So I see there are four choices, but not Firefox Standalone.

    My next query will automatically be:
    Can I edit a link file?

    I tried vi /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser

    Appears to be a binary file. So do I delete the file and create a new x-www-browser link for Firefox?

    P.S.: nice tip! I will remember. Thanks!

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    "/etc/alternatives/x-www-browser" is only a simple symlink managed by the tool 'update-alternatives'; you can delete it and create a new one manually
    Code:
    su
    ln -s /xyz/firefox /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser
    Use your own value instead of '/xyz/'. But next update may possibly overwrite this.

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    Thank you, Sir!

    Quote Originally Posted by Werner P. Schulz View Post
    ...
    Code:
    su
    ln -s /xyz/firefox /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser
    ...
    Thanks and regards,
    Rajib

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