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Cannot open .jnlp file when asked to open with firefox web browser in ubuntu 11.10 using firefox 6

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After upgrading to ubuntu 11.10 the firefox 6 browser cannot download and open .jnlp file from the interactivebrokers website. Usually I go to the IB website and download tws.jnlp file which is opened in the firefox web browser. But now when I click on the Open with Firefox Browser button, the firefox browser opens a new tab and display the same open window again.

Chosen solution

Seems that after upgrading to 11.10, jnlp files open with firefox instead of javaws (Java Web Start). If you right click the file on the download folder and choose "open with" you can manually select java web start. Ubuntu bug...

You can right click any .jnlp file and select "properties", go to "Open With" tab, mark Sun Java 6 Web Start and click "Set as Default". Should fix it. I don't know what would happen if you have the default ubuntu java instead of Sun's. Maybe this wouldn't be necessary.

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Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

Today 10/17/2011 after ubuntu 11.10 upgrade which has firefox 6

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.0 r1
  • The Totem 3.0.1 plugin handles video and audio streams.
  • DivX Web Player version 1.4.0.233
  • The IcedTea-Web Plugin executes Java applets.
  • This plug-in detects the presence of iTunes when opening iTunes Store URLs in a web page with Firefox.

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1

More Information

Don't know what to do. I am not sure if it is ubuntu 11.10 bug or firefox 6 bug.

mrguga 1 solutions 2 answers

Chosen Solution

Seems that after upgrading to 11.10, jnlp files open with firefox instead of javaws (Java Web Start). If you right click the file on the download folder and choose "open with" you can manually select java web start. Ubuntu bug...

You can right click any .jnlp file and select "properties", go to "Open With" tab, mark Sun Java 6 Web Start and click "Set as Default". Should fix it. I don't know what would happen if you have the default ubuntu java instead of Sun's. Maybe this wouldn't be necessary.

Modified by mrguga

mrguga 1 solutions 2 answers

delete this...

Modified by mrguga