Open-link misbehavior

Ian Burrell ianburrell at
Mon Mar 27 02:26:44 UTC 2006

On 3/26/06, Dimi Paun <dimi at> wrote:
> One more note in the focus handling saga. Right now, if one clicks
> on a link in Evolution, it is opened in the most recent Firefox
> window, as a new tab.
> This is fine, except when you have Firefox windows on different
> desktops. You click on a link in Evo, and then you start hunting
> on the various desktops completely blind trying to find it!
> (Unless you were lucky and the last used Firefox window was on
> the same desktop as your Evolution).
> Now, I can see why this behavior would be advantageous, as long
> as a _new_ window was opened in cases where the link would open
> on a tab on a different desktop. But as it stands, it is very
> confusing. I can see that technically the "right thing" would be
> hard to implement (it probably requires interaction between
> Firefox and the WM).
> So until we get this right, the default behavior should be to
> open a new Firefox window. Advanced user can select this other
> behavior knowing full well what they are getting into.

This is controlled by a Firefox preference and affects opening any
external link.  The default is "a new tab in the most recent window". 
The other options are in "a new window", or in "the most recent

Personally, I think we should follow the upstream default and not try
to patch Firefox to behave differently.

 - Ian

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