[ubuntu-uk] Having problems with making Firefox 3.5 default

Daniel Drummond dmdrummondx at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 10:29:37 BST 2009

Jonathon Fernyhough wrote:
> 2009/9/16 John Matthews <jakewc2 at sky.com>:
>> I want to make my Firefox 3.5 my default browser. I have looked in the
>> System>Preferences>Prefered Applications and it only shows the older
>> version of Firefox.
>> I unticked the make Firefox Default button in the old version, and then
>> opened the new version and ticked the box, but nothing has happened. I
>> closed FF down, and then reopened it, and its still not opening FF 3.5
>> when clicking on links in e-mails, it opens the old version.
>> How can I make FF 3.5 my default.
>> Thanks
>> John.
> Two suggestions would be to either remove firefox3 or to use the
> custom option in Preferred Applications to specify firefox3.5.
> (Are there any other xdg-defaults settings?)
This was brought up in an earlier thread, (by yourself IIRC).  My 
solution was:

open a terminal and type the following commands

$ cd /usr/bin
$ ls -l firefox

you should see that the firefox file is a link to firefox-3.0

then type

$ sudo rm firefox

to remove the old link, and then

$ sudo ln -s firefox-3.5 firefox

to create a new link to firefox 3.5.  When apps want to run firefox, 
they run /usr/bin/firefox, which then links to the version you want.


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