[lug] thunderbird doesn't honor default KDE browser

Simos blug at chinesetearoom.com
Thu Dec 15 13:33:44 MST 2011

On Thursday 15 December 2011 1:19 Davide Del Vento wrote:
> >> I have KDE (I finally gave up on GNOME, but that's a different story)
> >> Platform Version 4.7.2 (4.7.2) and my default browser is firefox
> >> (firefox says so, and SystemSettings->DefaultApplications->WebBrowser
> >> confirms). When I click on a link in the console, it opens firefox.
> >> When I click on a link in Thunderbird (v8.0) it opens Chrome.
> >> Thunderbird doesn't have any browser "choice" and it should honor
> >> system default, do you have any clue of what could be wrong here?
> > Assuming you are running some sort of Debian variant (e.g. Ubuntu), then
> > run the following commands in a terminal:
> >
> > update-alternatives --list x-www-browser
> > update-alternatives --list gnome-www-browser
> >
> > I'm betting one of them will come back with Chrome on top of the list.
> Thanks, but nope:
> ddvento at cisl-augusta:~$ update-alternatives --list x-www-browser
> /usr/bin/firefox
> /usr/bin/google-chrome
> /usr/bin/rekonq
> ddvento at cisl-augusta:~$ update-alternatives --list gnome-www-browser
> /usr/bin/firefox
> /usr/bin/google-chrome

Well, shoot...

The only other thing I can think of to check:

ls -al /etc/alternatives | grep -i chrome

Also, in Gnome 2 (not sure about Gnome 3) there was a Preferred Applications
settings dialog in gnome-control-panel that allowed you to pick a web browser
for Gnome apps (even if you were running KDE). Not sure if it's still there in
Gnome 3.



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