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    jasonsbailey NNTP User

    Default Emails in Thunderbird won't open in Firefox

    I know this has been discussed a few times on various Linux boards, but
    I've tried those fixes and they don't work.

    I'm trying to get my links within Thunderbird to open in Firefox. It
    worked at one time on this same install, and at some point it quit
    working. I'm not sure when or if anything changed (upgraded to Firefox 3
    is all). I go so long without rebooting that I wondered if it was just a
    memory leak or glitch. But alas, no, a logoff or reboot doesn't help.

    Just to give you some background info, I have openSUSE 11. I've got
    Firefox 3.0.4 and Thunderbird I'm using KDE 3.5.9 "release
    49.1", right off the site / DVD.

    I'm also NOT using the Firefox / Thunderbird that came with openSUSE,
    but instead using the pre-compiled ones that come right off's website. I have both apps in /opt (/opt/firefox and

    I've also got Firefox and Thunderbird registered as the default browser
    / email app in both GNOME and KDE3.

    Moreover, I have gone into the Thunderbird config editor and added the
    "" and
    "" elements. They point to the right
    Firefox binary, /opt/firefox/firefox.

    But those config editor entries have been in there for a long time
    (before I started having problems). I have a matching "mailto" entry in
    the Firefox config editor to get the "File -> Send Link" feature to send
    links via Thunderbird, which it does correctly.

    I'm not a regular KMail user (I prefer Thunderbird's consistency over
    multiple platforms), but I did try it temporarily to see what happened.
    Links from KMail properly opened in Firefox without a hitch, which tells
    me this is likely a Thunderbird problem.

    I've also tried several script variations that perform the launching of
    Firefox, and temporarily changed the "http" and "https" variables in
    Thunderbird to point to the script instead of directly to Firefox, and
    that didn't seem to help.

    I can also pass URLs to Firefox on a shell and it opens correctly.

    And lastly, I renamed my ~/.thunderbird and started up Thunderbird with
    a new profile. No go - links still won't open in Firefox (all of my
    mailboxes are exclusively IMAP).

    So do any of you have any ideas? I'd love to have this working again!

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    caf4926 NNTP User

    Default Re: Emails in Thunderbird won't open in Firefox

    The setting is in the Control Center - Not sure where exactly as I'm in
    kde4 at the moment.

    Look for default applications I think.

    Box: Linux x86_64 | OS 11.0 | (KDE4.1.82) "3.1" | M2N4-SLI
    | AMD 64 X2 5200+ | nVidia 8500GT | 2GB RAM
    Lap: OS 11.0 | Celeron 550 | (KDE 4.1.82 "release 3.1" | Intel 965 GM |
    Lenovo R61e | 1GB RAM
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    jasonsbailey NNTP User

    Default Re: Emails in Thunderbird won't open in Firefox

    As I said in my previous post, I've already done that... in both KDE3
    -and- GNOME. I've tried all the documented fixes (that I'm aware of) and
    it doesn't work.

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