How to set email client for firefox?

Willy Hamra w.hamra1987 at
Wed May 13 07:20:15 UTC 2009

On 13/05/2009, marc <gmane at> wrote:
> Sascha Güthling said:
> > On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 9:15 AM, marc <gmane at> wrote:
> >> Sascha Güthling 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.
> >>
> > Are you in Ubuntu?
> Who cares? Seriously! All my machines have Ubuntu and Kubuntu on them and
> often a few others. In this case I am using Kubuntu. Kubuntu and Ubuntu,
> et al should be able to deal with that. Always has done in the past.
> > Evolution is afaik the standard for Ubuntu and
> > probably set as this by Ubuntu and not by Firefox. There is a branding
> > package called ubufox that does that I think. In my Firefox installation
> > the standard was set to "Always ask"
> Hmm Okay. I'll check Ubuntu tomorrow, but I suspect that Ubuntu has
> hijacked kde again.
> Sorry to sound negative, but I'm beginning to get a bad feeling about
> Ubuntu and the Shuttleworth project.
> Thanks for the info.

but afterall, firfox is a GTK application, and ubuntu GNOME is sort of
the default DE for ubuntu, and there exists one package of firefox,
there is no firefox-kde or something. so the most reasonable choice
for a mail client would be a friendly GTK application existing in
GNOME, and that is evolution.
for us KDE users, they assume we're gonna use konqueror for browsing ;-)

Willy K. Hamra
Manager of Hamra Information Systems
Co. Manager of Zeina Computers and Billy Net.

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