Open MS .URL shortcuts on Ubuntu

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We need to create a wrapper script and associate the file type with it.

$ sudo vi /usr/bin/

# opens Windows .URL files in your default browser
# requires: xdg-open sed grep xargs
sed 's/^BASEURL=/URL=/' "$1" | grep -m 1 '^URL=' | sed 's/^URL=//' | sed 's/\r//' | xargs xdg-open
$ sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/

Now we can associate .URL files with the script. This might be the hard

$ cp /usr/share/applications/chromium-browser.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/open-url.desktop

Change first Exec command to point to our script

Exec=/usr/bin/ %U

Associate mime-type:

Find name of mime-type by quering a example .url file

$ xdg-mime query filetype ~/Desktop/p/PHP-\ uniqid\ -\ Manual.url application/x-mswinurl
$ xdg-mime default open-url.desktop application/x-mswinurl

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