removal of midbrowser

don fisher hdf3 at
Tue Jan 13 19:28:00 UTC 2009

Ray Parrish wrote:
> don fisher wrote:
>> Ray,
>> I really appreciate your reply to my, at time, newbie questions. Let 
>> me explain a few more details. The first is that I am trying to change 
>> from Fedora to Ubuntu. So many of the tasks I previously new how to 
>> perform changed or gained aliases:-) Part of the adventure I guess.
>> I have had to install the 32-bit version of firefox in my home 
>> directory. I did this because some of the codecs for online videos 
>> only exist in 32 bit formats.
>> Along the lines I found:
>> a) The links from /etc/alternatives are:
>>    /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser -> /usr/bin/firefox-3.0
>> b) The links from /usr/bin are:
>>    /usr/bin/firefox -> /usr/bin/firefox-3.0 -> 
>> /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.5/
>> So both paths end up at /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.5/
>> But when I click on a link contained in a Thunderbird email, it still 
>> opens midbrowser.
>> My ~/.mozilla directory, as shown below, does contain an entry for 
>> midbrowser:
>> .mozilla>ls
>> appreg          dfisher/        firefox@        mozver.dat      plugins/
>> default/        extensions/     midbrowser/     pluginreg.dat
>> There appears to be something within Thunderbird that wants to use the 
>> midbrowser rather than the firefox entries. I cannot find anything in 
>> Thunderbird that would change that setting. I am not even aware of how 
>> I enabled it. Maybe one of the upgrades did it by default?
>> Thanks again for your help. I really have most things working. Only 
>> problems with Network Manager and Sound remain. But there have been 
>> many other posts on these subjects so I assume they are being fixed.
>> don
>> Ray Parrish wrote:
>>> don fisher wrote:
>>>> I have just installed ubuntu 8.10. In the past when running 
>>>> Thunderbird, I could click on a link in an email message, and the 
>>>> link would open in FireFox. Now it opens in midbrowser. Using 
>>>> synaptic, I removed midbrowser. Then when I clicked on the link 
>>>> nothing happened.
>>>> How does one tell Thunderbird to use FireFox rather than midbrowser?
>>>> Thanks
>>>> don
>>> Start Firefox, select Edit, Preferences, on the Preferences dialog 
>>> select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom of that tab is a checkbox 
>>> that says "Always check to see if Firefox is the default browser". 
>>> Check that, and then over to the right is a button which says "Check 
>>> Now". Click that and if it asks if you want to make Firefox the 
>>> default browser, click Yes.
>>> Here is another method you can use in terminal, on the command line 
>>> type -
>>> update-alternatives --install x-www-browser 
>>> /etc/alternatives/x-www-browser /usr/bin/firefox
>>> Then, use
>>> update-alternatives --set x-www-browser /usr/bin/firefox
>>> or
>>> update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
>>> Take your pick.
>>> Later, Ray Parrish
> Hello again,
> LOL! You're a noob??? I've only been using Linux for about six months
> now, after years of suffering the problems of Windows... I have been
> tearing into the guts of Ubuntu every day however, and have been
> learning quite a bit.
> Also, I'm pretty good at using Google, and a search there on "ubuntu
> thunderbird http link" has put me onto a thread that contains what I
> think may be the answer for you.
> Create a text file and name it user.js and put the following lines in it -
> user_pref("", "/usr/bin/firefox");
> user_pref("", "/usr/bin/firefox");
> user_pref("", "/usr/bin/firefox");
> Then save into your Thunderbird profile folder. The right folder will
> already have a file called prefs.js. On my machine this path is
> /home/ray/.mozilla-thunderbird/jta97xpo.default/
> WOOPS! I realized right after clicking the Send button, that I had 
> forgotten about your non-standard path to Firefox. Please amend the 
> paths in the user.js file to "/usr/bin/firefox-3.0" to make it work on 
> your system.
> I hope this solves your problem.
> Later, Ray Parrish

That worked great. Thanks for the assist. My background more physical 
science than computer science. Maybe you could point me to a dictionary 
that explains LOL and noob?

Thanks again

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