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After updating to fedora 33 I cannot open links from a pdf file which are pointing into my local file system.

** (evince:4693): WARNING **: 20:22:47.413: Security alert: this document has been prevented from opening the file “some/file/name.jpg"

The links in the file are valid and pointing to the correct file. The file is created via pdflatex and is intended to be a link list for my personal use.

How can I allow the access in general or for that special file?

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    Can you post your update and the solution as answer?
    – morxa
    Oct 4, 2021 at 8:40
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    Please don't post answers as edits to your question. Someone else has taken your edit and posted it as an answer, which is a good thing because that way the question can be marked as answered. Yes, they should have provided clear attribution, but that has now been done. If you want to post an answer yourself, that would be great! But please post it as an answer and not an edit. Feel free to flag the other answer for removal after you post your own.
    – terdon
    Mar 12 at 10:45
  • I'll be happy to remove my answer if the original poster wishes to post his. Mar 16 at 14:48

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The OP provided an answer as part of their question, so I am reproducing it below:

This is NOT related to a security alert as the warning tells us! The feature "open a external link" is simply intentional removed from evince with the last changes they did. The given warning is totally wrong, it is definitely not that the "this document...", it is simply that they drop the code for open links.

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This is NOT related to a security alert as the warning tells us! The feature "open a external link" is simply intentional removed from evince with the last changes they did. The given warning is totally wrong, it is definitely not that the "this document...", it is simply that they drop the code for open links.

I found the broken patch: e85a79a355ff40149669611812695aad87a1af8d

But it is impossible to build evince on my host, as building is related to gnome-builder. The gnome builder works but the build fails with millions of error messages. In a short: No chance to build gnome tools on a standard installation without being an exorcist. Why we don't have configure/make/install??? This gnome-builder gui is a nightmare!

OK, searching for other pdf viewers:

okular: This now displays external linked images inside the tool itself. This may help, but not in my case as I link to the first picture I search for.

firefox: did not open external links from pdf gv: did not help as it misses so many features, it simply can't link to file local refs

mupdf: Yepp! This is the only tool which is currently working for me!

All this ends up for me in the consequence that I have to stop using pdf at all. If opening a link is blamed as a security issue, we should stop using html :-) I have no idea why such changes have a chance to be committed. Ok, our company now moves to html for all documents. That`s make the world not simpler nor saver.

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