Thunderbird and launching Firefox browser

sdavmor sdavmor at
Thu Apr 8 02:27:19 UTC 2010

On 04/07/2010 05:33 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 08/04/10 05:36, sdavmor wrote:
>> On 04/07/2010 05:27 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>> Using Lucid, and Thunderbird 3.0.4 with Firefox 3.6.3 on a
>>> 32-bit system.
>>> On another distro I can click on a link mentioned in an email
>>> and this automatically starts Firefox if it is offline or opens
>>> a new tab if FF is already running.
>>> With Lucid I cannot do this.
>>> I do have Launchy installed - but I do not think that this is
>>> where the problem lies.
>>> I also have TB and FF as the default applications in the
>>> System Preferences.
>>> What is puzzling me is that I can go to
>>> System>Preferences>Appearance and click on the links Get More
>>> Backgrounds or Themes and in both cases Firefox is
>>> automatically started (or the correct web page brought up). But
>>> this does not happen from within Thunderbird.
>>> Does anyone know what is needed to be done to get a URL link in
>>> TB activate FF? For example, in an email someone supplies a
>>> link to a YouTube video; I used to click on that link and the
>>> video would be automatically brought up in Firefox. How to get
>>> this feature back in Ubuntu, anyone?
>>> BC
>> I had this problem with TB when I started getting the
>> pre-release nightly upgrades for TB. I had to manually reattach
>> the link to FF from inside TB options.
> Thanks for the response but it doesn't provide me with the solution
> :-) : what does "manually reattach the link to FF" mean?
> BC

When I clicked on a link that would have gone to the web a dialog box
popped up from which I browsed to Firefox. I am surprised it didn't do
so for you. But be that as it may. As NoOp has pointed out it should
all be resolvable by installing thunderbird-gnome-support.
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