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Hello

 

I want webpages to open in firefox 3 when I click on a link, say in thunderbird, but I can't get it to work. Right now I have </usr/bin/firefox "%s"> in my preferred applications, but that doesn't do the trick. Does anyone know how?

 

derxen

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Try opening KDE Control Centre (I presume you are using KDE. If using Gnome then I can't help you with any idea).

 

Go into KDE Components and then File Associations and see if what you want to do is in there.

It may be a start for you.

 

Cheers. John.

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Thanks John, but I'm a dedicated xfce fan. It worked fine with firefox 2, but ever since I upgraded to firefox 3 (both on mandriva 2008 and 2009) it stopped working. Doesn't work in Gnome either, btw. It's a minor issue, but annoying.

 

derxen

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Another idea to try is Component Chooser instead of File Associations.

 

John.

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To enable functioning links in emails, insert the following into the prefs.js in your thunderbird profile

(mine is in ~/.thunderbird/qr89ibjz.default/prefs.js)

 

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.ftp","/opt/firefox/firefox");

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http","/opt/firefox/firefox");

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https","/opt/firefox/firefox");

 

Of course you need to change the path accordingly.....

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Thanks, daniewicz and yossarian. Yes I have tried Gnome's Preferred applications, as well as xfce's, but they don't work. Which worries me, because they should. I'll try editing the prefs.js of thunderbird, but that would still be a workaround, because it wouldn't set the preferred browser for hyperlinks in other applications.

 

derxen

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The suggestion by daniewicz is working just fine... just get sure you are passing the correct path to the firefox binary.

You can also pass them via the thunderbird UI: preferences/general/preference editor

If the three above strings- network.protocol-handler.app.ftp , network.protocol-handler.app.http and network.protocol-handler.app.https do not exist you have to create them by hand.

 

You can also add to the Firefox preferences:

user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto", "/path/to/thunderbird")

 

I'm also a great XFCE4 fan, and found that the indicated way to integrate my mail app and web browser to the desktop is named Opera. It puts Firefox to shame, while the embeded M2 mail client does not have much to envy from Thunderbird- maybe from Claws, but certainly not from Thunderbird.

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I'm considering trying Claws. Can you give me a few examples, in what ways is it superior to Thunderbird?

Thanks!

Much lighter, less buggy, has a great set of addons (some of them are not directly listed on the claws site!), but the main, huge advantage is that it's AGES faster on IMAP folders.

In comparison when coming to IMAP, Opera's M2 is also fast but quite buggy yet, while Thunderbird is just slow and not completely bug-free.

The only sort-of disadvantage (it doesn't bother me much) is that it's not fully themeable, like Thunderbird.

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The suggestion by daniewicz is working just fine... just get sure you are passing the correct path to the firefox binary.

You can also pass them via the thunderbird UI: preferences/general/preference editor

If the three above strings- network.protocol-handler.app.ftp , network.protocol-handler.app.http and network.protocol-handler.app.https do not exist you have to create them by hand.

 

....

 

I'm also a great XFCE4 fan, and found that the indicated way to integrate my mail app and web browser to the desktop is named Opera. It puts Firefox to shame, while the embeded M2 mail client does not have much to envy from Thunderbird- maybe from Claws, but certainly not from Thunderbird.

 

Yes, that works. I didn't find this in the thrunderbird preferences, but edited the file by hand. It was still set to mozffremote. Thanks guys. And no, I'm not completely happy with either firefox or thunderbird, but I need one of firefox's extensions for my work, and and I can install both here at home and at work (windows, alas).

 

thanks again

derxen

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but I need one of firefox's extensions for my work...

Same here. The only reason I've not kicked Firefox out of all my boxes is the stupid logmein extension, which is (IMHO) the best FREE solution for remote (windoze) computer management from Linux. Actually it's also possible via java, but the FF logmein addon is several times faster... so, I still keep FF, until they decide to make an Opera addon/userstyle as well (hint, hint).

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