Pass ruby-generated URL into a browser for execution: How?

Discussion in 'Ruby' started by RichardOnRails, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. I've got the Ruby script:

    require "fileutils"

    path = "K:/_Utilities/Apache/xampp/"
    FileUtils::cd path
    names = Dir.glob("**/index.html")
    (0..4).each { |i|
    name = names
    address = "file://" + path + name
    puts address
    exec address

    With the final statement (exec address) commented out, I get:
    K:\>ruby K:\_Projects\Ruby\_Ruby_Tests\TestDirTraversal

    With the final statement active, I get the crash:
    K:\>ruby K:\_Projects\Ruby\_Ruby_Tests\TestDirTraversal
    10:in `exec': Invalid argument - file://K:/_Utilities/Apache/xampp/apache/htdocs/in
    dex.html (Errno::EINVAL)
    from K:/_Projects/Ruby/_Ruby_Tests/TestDirTraversal/
    TestDirTraversal.rb:10:in `block in <main>'
    from K:/_Projects/Ruby/_Ruby_Tests/TestDirTraversal/
    TestDirTraversal.rb:6:in `each'
    from K:/_Projects/Ruby/_Ruby_Tests/TestDirTraversal/
    TestDirTraversal.rb:6:in `<main>'

    I'm running WinXP-Pro/SP3, Ruby 1.9.2 and Firefox 5.0.

    If I copy/paste these addresses into Firefox address bar, the work as
    expected. If I paste them into a Word document with RETURN after each
    one, I have a set of links I could click or double-click to start
    them up in Firefox. Is there a way to do this in pure Ruby?

    Is this the right newsgroup for this kind of question?

    Thanks in advance,
    RichardOnRails, Aug 8, 2011
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  2. You cannot execute a URL directly via exec or system. You either need
    to pass the path to firefox binary as first argument or use cmd's built
    in command "start" to start a URL.
    Think so, yes.

    Kind regards

    Robert Klemme, Aug 8, 2011
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