launching a PDF from a link

Tim Hill tim at
Thu Jun 28 19:13:56 BST 2018

In article <f7f9420f57.ricp at>, Richard Porter
<ricp at> wrote:
> On 28 Jun 2018 Jim Nagel  wrote:

> > When you click the link for a Jpeg (or various other types of file),
> > the file opens immediately.  Why does PDF behave differently?  What
> > is the mechanism involved?

> I think that offering a save dialogue is the norm. Netsurf processes
> JPEG, GIF and PNG files itself, plus html and text of course, so
> there's no need to save them.

It's easy to think NetSurf really ought to have to option to Filer_Run
any file it doesn't understand after downloading it but it doesn't; it 
leaves you to do that which is fine up to a point but a shame because it
prevents sound and video playing from a link, just as it makes you open
your downloaded PDFs 'manually'. 

I'm expecting to find a utility somewhere which will monitor a specific
folder and filer_run anything saved there but having no luck so far.


Tim Hill : : : :

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