[Moin-user] external file link - not working in Firefox

Markus Liebelt markus.liebelt at online.de
Mon Oct 31 23:33:19 EST 2005

Hello Bill,

I had the same problem and I think, it has something to do with security. That means allowing a file link in a page provided by HTTP may be a security hole, so modern browser (Opera 7/8, Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1.0.7) don't allow it by default.

Firefox has a way to allow it. See the messages in


There it is explained how to allow Firefox to follow file links. Short summary:
1. You need to open about:config in the address bar of Firefox,
2. scroll down to security.checkloadurl and set it to false.

PS: I implemented a combination of macro and action to allow just that, but the syntax for macros is so awful, that it is easier to explain how do that copy/paste to get the contents of a file link.

On Tue, 01 Nov 2005 00:33:10 +0100, Bill Barker <bbarker at traxmss.com> wrote:

> MoinMoin 1.3.5
> FireFox 1.0.7
> External file link not working in FireFox
> In the past I have found that the parsing of external file links is
> pretty flexible - e.g. all of these formats work with Internet Exploder
> (Ver 6).
> [file://///machine/share/path/file.htm Click to view]
> [file:\\machine\path%20with%20spaces\file.txt Click to view]
> [file:///%5C%5Cmachine%5Cpath%5Cfile.pdf Click to view]
> [file:///\\machine\path\test.txt Click to view]
> [file://machine/path/file.htm Click to view]
> However - they don't work with Firefox 1.0.7
> Clicking the link has no result. You can right-click the link, and from
> the pop-up menu select "copy link location" and paste the url into the
> Address Bar - then it works OK.
> What am I missing?

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