Open Bug 173106 Opened 21 years ago Updated 6 months ago

copiousoutput ignored in mailcap


(Firefox :: File Handling, defect)





(Reporter:, Unassigned)


(Depends on 1 open bug)


Il my mailcap file, I have

application/msword;     antiword %s;    copiousoutput

If I try to download an word file witn Mozilla, it asks me if I want to open it
with antiword, and then dumps the document on its standard output, usually

I think Mozilla shound take in account the copiousoutput flag, and recapture the
output to display it itself.
Um... You're using a command that writes to standard output.  You should be 
using "needsterminal" (not like we support that yet).  I suppose we could 
make "copiousoutput" imply "needsterminal"...  Past that, I'm not quite sure 
what a good way of dealing would be... There's no clean way to open "antiword | 
$PAGER" in a terminal window....
Assignee: law → bzbarsky
Depends on: 120380
Ever confirmed: true
Priority: -- → P5
Target Milestone: --- → Future
There is another way for Mozilla to handle copiousoutput : it can catch antiword
output, and display it as a text/plain document. I think this would be the best
way to do it, but it may not be trivial to do.
That would indeed be somewhat hard, and more to the point would be broken.  Far
too many apps that would be flagged with "copiousoutput" embed ANSI
color/bold/whatever sequences in their output because they expect a terminal to
handle it.  Thus the output is in fact not text/plain and Mozilla's rendering of
it would be pretty broken.
QA Contact: sairuh → petersen
QA Contact: chrispetersen → file-handling
Assignee: bzbarsky → nobody
Priority: P5 → --
Target Milestone: Future → ---
Product: Core → Firefox
Version: Trunk → unspecified
Severity: minor → S4
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