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xdg open has ignored my directives. I have found several threads regarding how to open ssh://user@ip links (these are in our monitoring software). I have run the following commands:

gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/ssh/command '/home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler %s' --type String
gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/ssh/enabled --type Boolean true
gconftool-2 -s /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/ssh/needs_terminal --type Boolean true

Yet still when I attempt to use xdg-open (as the chrome browser does) it attempts to sftp instead...

xdg-open ssh://root@
gvfs-open: sftp://root@ error opening location: The specified location is not mounted

It seems to be set correctly in the registery thingy

gconftool-2 -a /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/ssh
 command = /home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler %s
 needs_terminal = true
 enabled = true

Oh - here is the ls -alFh and contents of SSH.handler

ls -alFh /home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler 
-rwxrwxr-x 1 dankney dankney 133 Sep 18 21:16 /home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler*

cat /home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler*
/usr/bin/gnome-terminal -e "$protocol $machine"

what gives?

Oh - btw - the shell script indeed does work if run from command line...

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I wanted to change what xdg-open does with ssh:// links, to replace konsole with yakuake as handler. And this is what I did on my Kubuntu 15.10 (KDE Frameworks 5.15.0):

  1. found out what's the handler:

    $ xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/ssh
  2. located the handler on the disk:

    $ locate ktelnetservice5.desktop

    in my case I had to edit /usr/share/applications/ktelnetservice5.desktop

  3. edited the handler replacing

    Exec=ktelnetservice5 %u


    Exec=/path/to/some/ %u

where that script looks like this:

qdbus org.kde.yakuake /yakuake/window toggleWindowState; qdbus org.kde.yakuake /yakuake/sessions addSession && qdbus org.kde.yakuake /yakuake/sessions runCommand "ssh `echo $1 | cut -d'/' -f3`"

and was given execute privileges:

chmod +x /path/to/some/

And that's it!

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First you should set up a protocol handler, like this:

xdg-mime default ssh.desktop x-scheme-handler/ssh

Then make a desktop entry file and put it somewhere like /usr/share/applications (perhaps it would be better to put it somewhere in ~/.config, though not sure where).


[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/home/dankney/bin/SSH.handler %F

Then next time xdg-open is called, it will use the ssh.desktop handler, which in turn will delegate the call to your shell script.

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