How to set email client for firefox?

marc gmane at
Tue May 12 13:15:27 UTC 2009

Sascha G├╝thling twice said the following, but once in HTML, which has 
been deleted:

> On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 7:21 AM, marc <gmane at> wrote:
>> In Jaunty, when I click a mailto url, the wrong email client is used.
>> System settings/Default applications is set to the correct email
>> preference, but clearly this is being ignored.
>> It's also possible to set the email client in FF via
>> Options/Prefs/Apps/ mailto. However, the only entries on there are
>> evolution and Yahoo mail!
>> First, I think this is a bug, so will raise it, but any idea how do you
>> change the "default" applications in FF Pref/Apps?
> There is no bug. At least I don't think it is. Firefox is a multi
> platform browser and if you think about the sheer amount of Linux
> distros alone, you see where the problem lays. Since every distro has
> its own preferred email client (and we don't even speak about the user
> preferences) it is almost impossible to satisfy every user.

Yup, yup, but setting the default mailto to evolution is weird, 
especially _without_ the option to change the default. I grep'd 
~/.mozilla and a few other places, and examined about:config, but it's 
not to be found. I think that's a bug.

> You can choose whichever email client you like to use in Firefox under
> Preferences > Applications. For the mailto entry choose "Use other...",
> a file dialog will pop up and lets you choose the executable of your
> preferred email client. Go to /usr/bin (that's where most of the
> applications are) and choose an application. Close the Preferences and
> you should be good to go.

Yup, yup, easy stuff.


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