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Kleopatra: Remove all external links which would open a browser
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We need to have an option to remove all external links. This has high priority as containing links in the software violates a policy in one deployment of our software.

src/view/welcomewidget.cpp: const QString learnMore = i18nc("%1 is link a wiki article", "You can learn more about this on <a href=\"%1\">Wikipedia</a>.", wikiUrl);
src/view/welcomewidget.cpp: const QString introduction = i18n("Kleopatra is a front-end for the crypto software <a href=\"\">GnuPG</a>.");

src/view/pgpcardwidget.cpp: QStringLiteral("<a href=\"%1\">%1</a>").arg(url.toHtmlEscaped()));

src/dialogs/updatenotification.cpp < This can be ignored as GnuPG VS-Desktop handles this differently

And of course the about dialog which contains multiple links.

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aheinecke created this task.

Is the problem links which can be clicked? Or the mere displaying of links? If the former needs to be changed, then removing the Qt::LinksAccessibleByMouse and Qt::LinksAccessibleByKeyboard flags from the textInteractionFlags of QLabel, QTextEdit, QTextBrowser would do it.

Yes I think changing the textinteraction flags for these labels would be fine. But as this is only for one customer we should probably add some config like "no links". I think the about dialog things are more problematic as they come from Frameworks.

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I have added a setting which can be used to block URLs with certain schemes.

For example, adding the following lines to kleopatrarc


will effectively block any website links and any mailto-links in the Kleopatra, including every link in the About dialog, the Help->Donate menu entry, the "Launch Bug Report Wizard" button in the Submit Bug Report dialog, etc.

Technically, this is done by setting a custom "do nothing" URL handler via QDesktopServices::setUrlHandler, so that any URLs with a blocked scheme that are opened with QDesktopServices::openUrl are blocked.

URLs that are opened by other means are not covered. For example, the Help button in the configuration dialog opens the KDE Help Center on non-Windows systems with

QProcess::startDetached(QStringLiteral("khelpcenter"), QStringList() << docUrl.toString());

As far as I can see, this is the only location in Kleopatra where an external application not belonging to Kleopatra+GnuPG is started using QProcess.

Wow! That is a great idea. Thanks!