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From: Richard Freeman <rich0@...>
Subject: Re: Thunderbird - firefox links not opening
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 20:53:20 -0400
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Sean Sullivan wrote:
> Know what the sad part is here? It takes all of 2 seconds to get Kmail
> to use Firefox to open links even though it comes preconfigured to use
> Konqueror :~)
> 
> Don't get me wrong I love Thunderbird, I just think it's kinda odd :P
> 
> -Sean
> 

Actually, the problem turned out to be with how the mozilla scripts work.

Essentially instead of launching a binary directly, /usr/bin/firefox
sets a few variables and then calls a launcher script which can launch
any of the mozilla products.  I'm not exactly sure why they do it this
way, but that is how it works.

The problem is that once you've launched one product (such as
thunderbird), the variables set in the launch scripts are still in the
environment, and it can tend to cause confusion when the script is
called again to launch another firefox from within thunderbird.

So, getting thunderbird to use firefox is easy (well, if you call
installing the about:config extension and then manually changing the
config settings easy).  The hard part was getting the launcher to
actually launch firefox after running /usr/bin/firefox.

Hey, I didn't design it...  :)  (I'm sure there is some deep logic to
the design which is escaping me...)
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References:
Re: Thunderbird - firefox links not opening
-- Juan Ignacio
Re: Thunderbird - firefox links not opening
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