[Mageia-discuss] Prefered browser not used by thunderbird

TJ andrewsfarm at gmail.com
Sun Apr 8 15:02:20 CEST 2012

On 04/08/2012 04:24 AM, Alejandro López wrote:
> A few days ago I made a normal update on my Mageia 1 system. Since then,
> when I click on a link in Thunderbird, instead of opening Opera, as it
> used to do, it is now opening Firefox.
> If I manually launch /usr/bin/www-browser, Opera is correctly launched.
> gconf contains the correct configuration:
> $ gconftool -g /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/http/command
> /usr/bin/opera -newtab %s
> $ update-alternatives --display www-browser
> No alternatives for www-browser.
> $ xdg-settings get default-web-browser
> Opera.desktop
> A quick search on the web didn't help much. Not even this one:
> https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1442&p=10477&hilit=thunderbird+firefox#p10477
> because I found anything indicating which browser to use on
> Thunderbird's configuration.
> Thunderbird reports to be 10.0.3 which matches the package name:
> mozilla-thunderbird-10.0.3-1.mga1
> Has anyone else seen this? Any idea whether it is a bug in Thunderbird
> or a problem in my configuratioon (which used to work well before the
> latest update)?
> Thanks in advance.Action to what you want to do
> Alejandro.
Somewhere along the line between 3.x and 10.x, Mozilla changed how 
Thunderbird does this stuff. Try this:

Go to Edit/Preferences/Attachments and see if http and https are on the 
list. If they are, change the Action to what you want. But they probably 
aren't there in your case, so don't panic:

Change from Attachments to Advanced, General tab, Config Editor. Search 
for network.protocol-handler.warn-external.http. Both http and https 
should come up. Change both to true. Close the Preferences, then click 
on an http link. A popup should show up, asking what to do. Tell it, and 
be sure to tell it to remember it. This will add it to the Attachments 
list, so you can change it later if you want. Repeat for an https link.

That should do it.


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