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Magnet links no longer open in Transmission
Dear good support folk,
I'm running Firefox 22.0 on Xubuntu Linux 11.10. I used to have Firefox open magnet links in my Transmission client but something has happened; I don't know what. I've tried the normal stuff of going into the preferences -> applications and resetting content type "magnet" to /usr/bin/transmission-gtk but it doesn't seem to take. I'm selecting "use other", I get a dialog saying "Select Helper Application", I browse to transmission, select it, click "Open" and the Action for magnet still says "Use other". If I hit close to the preferences and open it again, magnet says "Always ask". In reality, its not even doing that. When I click on a magnet link, nothing happens at all. It draws a dotted box around the icon so I know I've clicked on it but there's no action happens.
I'm not sure where to go from here so I'd appreciate any help you enlightened folk can offer. I'm happy to answer any questions I can. Thanks in advance.
In summing up, the solution that worked for this problem, as inspired by Waka, was to reset Firefox by going to the help menu and selecting "Restart with Add-ons Disabled" and then selecting the reset option in the dialog box. The next time I clicked a magnet link, Firefox promped me for the application to use and I was able to select it. Firefox is now functioning within normal parameters.Read this answer in context 👍 0
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Have you used the "Applications" options in the options menu?
Also note that you may want upgrade Xubuntu as support for 11.10 ended in April.
Yep, that's what I was doing, setting the Action in the Applications tab of the Firefox Preferences. Not sure about an options menu though. I'm not aware of one.
Thanks for persevering. I tried restarting in safe mode but was unable to change the behaviour. I even went back into the Application settings and tried setting magnet to transmission-gtk again and the behaviour was exactly as i reported originally.
I wasn't aware there was a reset option though (guess I never looked around enough in the help menu) and I thought I'd try that. As it happened, it worked perfectly. Clicking on a magnet link resulted in Firefox prompting me for an application to use for opening this kind of link. I was able to browse to the application and set it so that magnet links always open in Transmission. Firefox is now working as it should.
I credit you with the suggestion that allowed me to find the path to the right solution so I tip my hat to you Sir. Thanks very much.
In summing up, the solution that worked for this problem, as inspired by Waka, was to reset Firefox by going to the help menu and selecting "Restart with Add-ons Disabled" and then selecting the reset option in the dialog box. The next time I clicked a magnet link, Firefox promped me for the application to use and I was able to select it. Firefox is now functioning within normal parameters.
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