SUMMARY: Netscape 7 on Solaris9 helper apps do not start

From: Rob De Langhe <>
Date: Fri Apr 04 2003 - 08:23:20 EST

I found the problem myself, it was from the RTFM category : the help pages
from Netscape Communicator 7 explain how to add a helper application: you
need to specify the path to the application that it must launch for a
certain MIME type / extension.
It nowhere tells you to add the argument '%s' behind that file path, as it
uses to be in all other Netscape versions so far (see .mailcap, e.g.)

Well done of myself, and this on a Friday afternoon. Imagine...


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob De Langhe
To: ''
Sent: 04-04-2003 14:05
Subject: Netscape 7 on Solaris9 helper apps do not start


I have Netscape Communicator 7.0 on Solaris-9, and want to configure a
helper app to view PostScript files, but they fail with a popup (from

   "/tmp/ could not be opened, because an unknown error
occured. Sorry about that. Try saving to disk first and then opening the

The file "/tmp/" exists on disk, and in my preferences of
NS I have put

Extension:   ps
File-type:   application/ps
Handled by:  /usr/local/bin/gv %s

When I try to view this PS file from my browser, the browser shows a
popup telling me that it's downling the PS file and will open it with
the help application '/usr/local/bin/gv %s', but then I get the popup
error msg, and if I run "ls -lu /usr/local/bin/gv" I see that this
program is not even accessed!

I even did launch my browser from the command line with the "-debug"
option, but that doesn't print any messages after the browser started

How to debug this any further?

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