Running irssi in a tmux session on a remote server I had the problem to
open urls in GUI browser. Using
openurl.pl lets me easily open urls from
within irssi in w3m. As irssi is running on a remote server with out X
this seemed quite reasonable, but sometimes you just need a more modern
Searching for a solution I found
tutorial how to setup openurl to write to a
FIFO and to read from it
with a shell script.
As I liked opening the URL first in w3m and hence w3m has a command to
open the current url in an external browser with ‘M’ I decided to modify
above solution to have w3m write to the
First create the
FIFO on the remote machine:
$ mkfifo ~/.w3m/url-pipe
Then open w3m on the remote machine, press ‘o’ and then go to the first
[External Viewer Setup], scroll down to find the ‘External
Program Settings’ section.
Clear all external browser settings and configure the first option to use
echo '%s' > ~/.w3m/url-pipe
Navigate to the next ‘[OK]’ and press enter to save your changes.
Create a shell script, I called it
ssh -n $HOSTNAME "tail -f ~/.w3m/url-pipe" | while read url; do sensible-browser "$url"& done
$HOSTNAME with the actual hostname of your server.
Create some autostart thingy for it or make sure it is running when you need it.
Hint: Inside irssi use
/set openurl_app_http tmux split-window w3m "$1"
to open w3m in a split pane.