Opened 11 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

#3445 closed defect (wontfix)

pidgin loads firefox with wrong url when domain name is internationalized

Reported by: atodorov Owned by: seanegan
Milestone: Component: unclassified
Version: 2.0.2 Keywords:


Description of problem: When opening url to a website from pidgin, firefox fails to load the correct url when domain name contains non ascii characters.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): pidgin-2.0.2-3.el5 firefox-

How reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. In pidgin send a message containing "http://www.сватбата.com/". This is

domain name in cyrillic.

  1. The other person in the conversation receives the message and it is

recognised as hyperlink. I can read the cyrillic text and click on the link.

  1. Firefox loads with url: which looks like url encoded cyrillic string.

  1. The correct url is:
  2. If written directly in Firefox address bar in cyrillic this domain name is

translated correctly and page loads. Actual results: pidgin starts Firefox with url encoded cyrillic string. Firefox fails to load the page since it's not an IDN and it's not translated.

Expected results: Firefox is started with correct parameter and translates the IDN to the actual value as it does when user types the address manually.

Additional info:

Change History (7)

comment:1 follow-up: Changed 11 years ago by nosnilmot

Are you using a UTF-8 locale? if you run "gnome-open http://www.сватбата.com/" or "firefox -a firefox -remote OpenURL(http://www.сватбата.com/)" from a terminal, does the correct URL open in firefox?

comment:2 in reply to: ↑ 1 Changed 11 years ago by atodorov

Replying to nosnilmot:

Are you using a UTF-8 locale?


if you run "gnome-open http://www.сватбата.com/"

produces the error above

or "firefox -a firefox -remote OpenURL(http://www.сватбата.com/)"

works as expected.

comment:3 Changed 11 years ago by lschiere

  • Owner changed from lschiere to elb

Ethan, any ideas here? If not, please assign to Sean, as this seems an issue with his gnome stuff.

comment:4 Changed 11 years ago by nosnilmot

This looks like a bug in gnome-open to me.

comment:5 Changed 11 years ago by elb

  • Owner changed from elb to seanegan

I agree with nosnilmot; I don't think this is a Pidgin bug at all. Whatever the URL handler is should either be passing the cyrillic directly through to firefox (where it can do IDN-alize it) or IDN-alizing it itself if it thinks it knows how. Our internal URL handler does nothing but shell-escape its argument, which would not affect it in the above manner, but executing gnome-open 'http://www.сватбата.com/' behaves as described above.

I think this should to to upstream. Sean?

comment:6 Changed 11 years ago by seanegan

This has been submitted as 501455

comment:7 Changed 11 years ago by seanegan

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed
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