Bug 32016 - Mutt cannot open attachments w. xdg-open
Summary: Mutt cannot open attachments w. xdg-open
Alias: None
Product: Portland
Classification: Unclassified
Component: xdg-utils (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Portland Bugs
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Reported: 2010-12-01 05:37 UTC by Rex Dieter
Modified: 2019-02-16 13:30 UTC (History)
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Description Rex Dieter 2010-12-01 05:37:57 UTC
I'm using Mutt as an example, but there are cases when applications create a tmpfile, and use xdg-open on them.  They assume that the helper application blocks until finished, then cleans up the tmpfile.

Problem being that assumption is false.  At least in the kde-open case, it returns immediately, and the application cleans up the file prior to it actually being opened.  kde-open does have a --tempfile option,

$ kde-open --help-kde-tempfile
KDE-tempfile options:
--tempfile  The files/URLs opened by the application will be deleted after use

Obviously, great care needs to be taken if using this, however.

See also downstream report,
Comment 1 PMouse 2011-07-22 14:16:26 UTC
Affects alpine, too.
Comment 2 Rex Dieter 2012-01-05 11:30:10 UTC
I can no longer reproduce this with kde-open on kde-4.6.5 at least.

gvfs-1.6.6 seems to (still) have issues however, see
Comment 3 GitLab Migration User 2019-02-16 13:30:14 UTC
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