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Bug 823200

Summary: net-im/slack-4.19.2 has known issue with opening hyperlinks
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Carlos Konstanski <420actionunits>
Component: Current packagesAssignee: Vladimir Pavljuchenkov (SpiderX) <spiderx>
Status: UNCONFIRMED ---    
Severity: normal CC: 420actionunits, jstein, proxy-maint
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Whiteboard:
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---
Attachments: Screenshot of firefox error when clicking a hyperlink in slack

Description Carlos Konstanski 2021-11-11 23:19:12 UTC
Using slack version 4.19.2. HTTP links fail to open. Before the latest upgrade links would open in a running firefox in a new tab. This is good behavior. Since the upgrade to 4.19.2 links now try to launch a new instance of firefox. Since firefox only allows one instance running at a time, it fails.

I sent the above report to slack support and they replied:

Thanks for getting in touch and I am sorry for the issues here. Could you please confirm this is on Ubuntu, and let me know if you have the Snap store version installed?

We do have an issue with our Snap package not handling links for Firefox well, however this should not be present in the regular direct download. If it is, we'll be happy to investigate.

Could you please make sure you are on the latest version of Slack (4.21.1) and restart Slack for me? This will send me a fresh set of logs I can use to what might be going on here.

To which I replied:

This is actually in gentoo. No snap.

# equery list slack
 * Searching for slack ...
[IP-] [  ] net-im/slack-4.19.2:0

However the ebuild does use the .deb package for the source:

# grep SRC_URI /usr/portage/net-im/slack/slack-4.19.2.ebuild 
SRC_URI="https://downloads.slack-edge.com/linux_releases/${PN}-desktop-${PV}-amd64.deb"

Version 4.21 is not available in the gentoo portage tree yet. I will watch for it.


Recommendation: bump slack to version 4.21.1.

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 Carlos Konstanski 2021-11-11 23:20:20 UTC
Created attachment 750507 [details]
Screenshot of firefox error when clicking a hyperlink in slack
Comment 2 Carlos Konstanski 2021-11-12 18:47:46 UTC
Though the slack support rep told me that 4.21.1 was available, the link to it doesn't work. I'll ask slack about this.

https://downloads.slack-edge.com/linux_releases/slack-desktop-4.21.1-amd64.deb
Comment 3 Carlos Konstanski 2021-11-12 18:54:06 UTC
Here's the working download link from the slack website. Looks like a small change to the path.

https://downloads.slack-edge.com/releases/linux/4.21.1/prod/x64/slack-desktop-4.21.1-amd64.deb
Comment 4 Carlos Konstanski 2021-11-12 19:01:45 UTC
Got 4.21.1 installed with a quick ebuild copy/paste. Unfortunately the problem with opening hyperlinks still persists. Informing slack support, though they already told me that they don't support gentoo.