[clug] Browsers executing commands

Francis James Whittle fudje at phreaker.net
Sun Apr 4 16:12:07 GMT 2004

This is a tricky one.

Basically, what it reads like you want to do is not part of any standard
specified web protocol.  It is, on the other hand, possible with
gnomevfs (and probably kio for KDE people).  A mini webserver won't help
you, because you're talking client-side stuff.  It's certainly not
possible to do this kind of thing from mozilla or any other mainstream
web browser, excepting crappy ones like IE who can only do it by
accident with embedded metadata and the suchlike.

If you can explain in more detail what you want to do and why, it might
be possible to suggest a solution that matches our needs, or suggest an
alternative solution (more likely).


On Sun, 2004-04-04 at 22:46, Jepri wrote:
> I've been wanting to put together a couple of HTML pages that embed 
> useful shell commands and other programs for me.  Ideally, I'd like to 
> be able to activate them with a click.  Effectively, I want URIs like 
> '<a href="shell://balsa">Mail client</a>'.
> And before anyone mentions it, I do appreciate the problem with someone 
> tricking me into clicking on '<a href="shell://rm -rf ~/">'.
> Is there a partway solution?  I'm hoping to not have to embed GtkHTML or 
> Konqueror if I can avoid it.
> ATM I'm thinking of starting a mini-webserver and working it that way, 
> but it seems a bit of overkill.
> References to other similar projects would also be appreciated.
> Jepri
Francis James Whittle

Bachelor Software Engineering student,
Australian National University.

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