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Hurl.exe, Amazon and Firefox

11/28/07

  02:39:43 am, by Nimble   , 138 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Internet

Hurl.exe, Amazon and Firefox

Okay, maybe you have encountered this, maybe you haven't, but if you try going off and listening to a RealPlayer sound clip on a web site in Firefox... say, for example, of Mitch Hedberg, you might often get it coming up with a dialog asking you to open Hurl.exe...

Open hurl.exe dialog

The very simplest piece of advice came from jetcell on Mozillazine, which was to first find a site that has music with a straight .rm or .ram format (they recommended here as reliable to do so). If you tell Firefox to always open such content with RealPlayer:

Always open with RealPlayer

...then the Amazon previews will work just fine.

I'd love to figure out where these associations get stored. It doesn't quite seem like it uses the Windows file associations, else it would be able to use the RM association right there.

3 comments

Comment from: Brian W [Visitor]  
Brian W

Tools->Options.
Content tab.
File Types->Manage.

11/28/07 @ 10:06
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  
Nimble

That’s where it’s visually collected… I want to track down where the data itself is stored.

There is no option inside that File Types->Manager for adding new types, which is annoying. I came across an article at one point talking about a Firefox add-on that could do this, but the link was broken, and I could find neither hide nor hair of the extension by the given keywords and names when I went a-looking.

I do miss the pre-Windows XP era file search that did not exclude all but the most well-known text files by default. Time to dig out the utilities :)

11/28/07 @ 16:45
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  
Nimble

I found the file at last: it’s pluginreg.dat in your %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox directory (you can actually just copy that path verbatim and paste it into Start->Run on Windows and have it go to the right spot)

It has a just-complicated-enough file format with a warning “Generated File. Do not edit.", though, that hand-editing it instead of doing the trick of just trying to play a RealPlayer file elsewhere is probably not worth it.

If you felt adventurous, throwing the following lines in just before any path to a .DLL (I’m guessing this because the first line after [PLUGINS] contains a path to a .DLL) might (might) add it in without the need to open up another RealPlayer link:

C:\Internet\Firefox\plugins\nppl3260.dll|$
|$
1196236537401|1|5|$
RealPlayer(tm) LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In|$
RealPlayer(tm) G2 LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In (32-bit) |$
1
0|audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin|RealPlayer(tm) as Plug-in|rpm|$

…substituting your own plugin directory location for the C:\Internet\Firefox\plugins, of course… and either backing the file up or being prepared to delete it and try all over again :)

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