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Old 07-11-2006, 06:57 PM   #1
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Thunderbird won't launch firefox


I had a very old version of Firefox (1.0.?) on my system and wanted some of the functions that are only available with newer versions so I uninstalled Firefox using the package manager from my system (Slackware 10.2) and then installed Firefox 1.5.0.4 in my home directory. Until this point I had not configured Thunderbird so I can't say for sure Thunderbird would have worked before this but regardless it now will not launch Firefox (or Konqueror, or Mozilla) when I click on a link in an email message. I think it's because Thunderbird expects to find Firefox in the default install location when it's not there but I'm not sure. What file(s) do I need to edit to give Thunderbird a new directory to look in for firefox?
 
Old 07-11-2006, 07:25 PM   #2
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Edit the following file file:///home/<username>/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/prefs.js
Change /home/crusher58/firefox/firefox to the location of your firefox executable.

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.ftp", "/home/crusher58/firefox/firefox");
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/home/crusher58/firefox/firefox");
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https", "/home/crusher58/firefox/firefox");

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Old 07-11-2006, 07:59 PM   #3
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Bingo!!! May all your (and everyone else's) problems be solved as easily! Thank you!

edit: Btw I should add that the 3 lines were not actually in the file pointing to the default(old) firefox directory but were completely absent, so I didn't have to change them but add them. Either way it's all good now.

Last edited by OC_eobard; 07-11-2006 at 08:04 PM.
 
Old 07-11-2006, 08:22 PM   #4
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Glad to see you have it going. Was trying to find a link to the subject but just not the one I was thinking of. It contains this and many more tweaks for thunderbird and firefox.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:29 PM   #5
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Well if you stumble across it I won't mind if you post it here even though you've already helped me solve my problem.
 
  


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