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In Firefox on a fresh install of 10.10 when visiting apt.ubuntu.com/p/banshee (for example) I get prompted with the following window:

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However, I was under the impression that apturl was supposed to launch Software Center. How can I configure what application apturl is launched with - and is the above screenshot expected actions for 10.10?

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Yes, that is the default action.

This can be overridden by Firefox, but out of the box the gconf setting
/desktop/gnome/url-handlers/apt/command is used. By default that command is apturl "%s".

You can change that by using either using the graphical tool gconf-editor or from the command line:

gconftool --set --type=string /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/apt/command 'software-center "%s"'

This will make Software Center handle apt URLs.

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Strange, on the box that I'm on /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/apt/command is set to software-center "%s". It's not a fresh install. Upgraded all the way to 10.10 from 9.04, and I never changed it. Either way, that's for pointing out the gconf key. I actually want to change it from software-center to apturl as software-center opens so slowly here. –  andrewsomething Dec 11 '10 at 19:46
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I get the same result using Chromium. I think this window you see is actually the Software Center, prompting for installing the software... Seems this is the default operation when going to a package URL.

Not sure if (or how) you can open the Software Centre itself on the right page :-(

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