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unixfreak 09-27-2004 11:17 PM

Can't open URL links in Thunderbird
I have Mozilla Thunderbird set as my default browser, but whenever I receive a link to a website, I can't open it. It does not activate for me to get to the websites when I double click the links.

And this goes for as well when Im on a webpage and I double click on Contact, it does not open up Thunderbird.

Im using Mandrake Linux. Whats going on?

bruno buys 09-27-2004 11:38 PM

Nothing is going on. This feature isn't implemented yet, for linux. But Thunderbird for win already does that. They shall fix it soon, I guess.

But you can fix it for yourself, it seems:

homey 09-27-2004 11:57 PM

If you mean to click on a link while in Thunderbird and have it open up Firefox, then this thread put me onto a solution....

I modified the procedure abit for my machine and here are my notes...

1- Create a shell script called "" in /usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6  containing the following lines :


export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/firefox-0.9.3"

if [ "x$url" = "x" ]; then
url="about :blank"

if $MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME/mozilla-xremote-client openURL\("$url, new-tab"\); then
exit 0
exec $MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME/firefox "$url"

2- chmod +x /usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6/

3- Put these lines in the file /usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6/defaults/pref/all.js

// Use firefox for http, https & ftp links
pref("", "/usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6/");
pref("", "/usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6/");
pref("", "/usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6/");

4- Copy mozilla-xremote-client from /usr/lib/thunderbird-0.6 to /usr/lib/firefox-0.9.3

Also, to make Thunderbird the default email client, I opened up
Control Center
KDE Components
Component Chooser
Default Component
X Use a different email client >>> Thunderbird

unixfreak 09-28-2004 08:45 PM

I have Mozilla Thunderbird set as my default browser,

I meant to write default Email. I just noticed this.

Thanks for the help I'll give it a try.

pindlet 10-18-2004 12:00 PM

getting thunderbird to open urls instead of saving them as files
I had a problem where thunderbird was opening firefox, saving the url as a file and doing nothing with firefox, just leaving a blank window.

I changed /etc/mozilla-thunderbird/global-config.js [which is symlinked to as all.js from a number of places] uncommenting the following two lines

// pref("","mozilla-firefox");
// pref("","mozilla-firefox");

Once that was done - restart and off you go!

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