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Old 02-04-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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Question How to get Thunderbird to open from Firefox


In Mandriva free 2006 how do I get Thunderbird to open from Firefox? When I click on 'read mail' or 'send link' I get Evolution which I do not prefer. I've gone to 'Kmenu>configure desktop>components>components chooser>use a differant e-mail client' and set it to '/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird' yet Firefox still goes to Evoloution. What can I do to correct this?
 
Old 02-04-2006, 08:35 PM   #2
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find firefox.js:
Code:
locate firefox.js
in my case it's in /usr/lib/firefox-1.5/defaults/pref/firefox.js
then open the file with a text editor (as root I guess) and at the end of the file put a line like this:
Code:
pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto", "/usr/bin/thunderbird");
if the thunderbird executable is located in /usr/bin/. To find the path to thunderbird try something like
Code:
which thunderbird
 
Old 02-04-2006, 08:53 PM   #3
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Another way to do this and change the behaviour only to the user you are using (not all) is to open firefox, and in the address type this URL:
Code:
about:config
search there to see if you find the Preference Name
Code:
network.protocol-handler.app.mailto
they are printed in alphabetical order. If you find it right click and press modify and put the thunderbird path there.
Else create a new one (rightclick ->new->string). Put
Code:
network.protocol-handler.app.mailto
as Preference Name and
Code:
/usr/bin/thunderbird
as value.

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Old 02-05-2006, 02:38 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by perfect_circle
find firefox.js:
Code:
locate firefox.js
in my case it's in /usr/lib/firefox-1.5/defaults/pref/firefox.js
then open the file with a text editor (as root I guess) and at the end of the file put a line like this:
Code:
pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto", "/usr/bin/thunderbird");
if the thunderbird executable is located in /usr/bin/. To find the path to thunderbird try something like
Code:
which thunderbird
I tried this and it hasn't worked yet. When I type 'which thunderbird' in the terminal I get, as expected, '/usr/bin/thunderbird'.
Got any thing else to try!? Of note:
when I go to: Kmenu>Configure Desktop>Components>Component Chooser>E-Mail it by default [from the drop down menu to the right with the ...] selects '/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird'. I'm not sure what to make of that!
 
Old 02-05-2006, 02:42 PM   #5
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Another way to do this and change the behaviour only to the user you are using (not all) is to open firefox, and in the address type this URL:
Code:
about:config
search there to see if you find the Preference Name
Code:
network.protocol-handler.app.mailto
they are printed in alphabetical order. If you find it right click and press modify and put the thunderbird path there.
Else create a new one (rightclick ->new->string). Put
Code:
network.protocol-handler.app.mailto
as Preference Name and
Code:
/usr/bin/thunderbird
as value.
I tried this as well and it also didn't work yet. I say yet because I haven't given up hope of solving this mystery.
 
Old 02-05-2006, 02:57 PM   #6
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Woops! I wrote to soon! Now If I click on the Mail Icon>Compose OR File>Send Link it opens to Thunderbird. However If I click on Mail Icon>Read Mail it still goes to Evolution. Seems strange to me. But at any rate my Firefox Browser is more functional as the File>Send Link function is the essential one. So many thanks.
 
  


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