problem with thunderbird attachments .doc-file association

Michael Hirsch mdhirsch at
Thu Oct 6 18:30:13 UTC 2011

I thought that thunderbird respected the usual File Associations settings
that you can set in systemsettings.  I think that is what I used, but maybe
I'm thinking of chrome.


On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 1:23 PM, Hugo Coolens <coolens at> wrote:

> When I have an e-mail with a docx-document as an attachment, thunderbird
> automatically opens LibreOffice when I click the attachment, when I have
> however a doc-document I get a an error when clicking on the attachment,
> like this:
> /tmp/OPDOC24082005-1.doc could not be opened, because the associated helper
> application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences.
> So I'd like to add the .doc file extension and have LibreOffice open it too
> but I can't find out how to do it in Thunderbirds Preferences-->Attachments.
> I'm missing an add Content Type-possibility. Maybe someone here knows which
> file I should change manually and how to add a rule for .doc-documents?
> regards,
> hugo
> p.s. 1 I'm using Kubuntu Natty Narwal
> p.s. 2 When I right click on the attachment-document I don't get a drop
> down box, so I can't choose an application that way neither
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