Thunderbird and launching Firefox browser

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Apr 8 03:18:55 UTC 2010

On 04/07/2010 07:56 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 08/04/10 12:27, sdavmor wrote:
>> On 04/07/2010 05:33 PM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>> On 08/04/10 05:36, sdavmor wrote:
>>>> 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.
> I got the prompt only the first time 'round - and did not get it again 
> when TB was upgraded.
> (BTW, the version of TB, and FF, comes from Ubuntu repos and not from, 
> say, ubuntuzilla.)
> I received the answer from Doug in another thread (to do with Users 
> Digest :-) in this list) which I will repeat here so that others 
> following this thread know about the solution.
> To get TB to activate a a link in the browser delete the file 
> *mimeTypes.rdf* in the thunderbird profile directory 
> (~/.thunderbird/*.default). This file will be recreated the next time 
> you start TB; and when you click on a link in TB you will get the prompt 
> where you can then put in the choice of browser for TB to use. Yes, this 
> requires you to find your way to the file (at the moment, here, it is 
> /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.3/*firefox)*, but this is not rocket science.
> As NoOp states, this should be done automatically by Ubuntu itself but 
> at the moment you will need to do this fix manually whenever FF is upgraded.
> BC

That's incorrect; just install thunderbird-gnome-support - just as the
bug report 526290 states. You were provided the resolution, why is that
so hard to understand. No need to mess around with mimetypes et al.

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