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Postby rmcbme on Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:25 pm

How do I get an email link in a webpage to open in thunderbird compose page?.
I am using Bianca
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Postby scorp123 on Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:39 am

You mean to say that mailto: links don't open in Thunderbird automatically for you?
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Postby rmcbme on Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:32 pm

Yes, that is right
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Postby scorp123 on Sun Feb 25, 2007 7:19 pm

rmcbme wrote:Yes, that is right

There should be a file in your .mozilla subdirectory called "user.js" ... If it's not there we will have to create it, e.g.
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gedit ~/.mozilla/firefox/default.rku/user.js


Add this line:
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user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto","/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird");


Hope this works? :?
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Postby rmcbme on Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:17 am

Thanks, works perfectly!!
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Postby scorp123 on Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:18 am

Proactive mentioning of some things:

If ever you decide you would like to switch your distribution you can take your .mozilla directory to the new installation and it should work, e.g. you wouldn't lose your bookmars etc. However, there are a few things worth mentioning:

Chances are that on whatever other distribution you might ever want to try out, Mozilla's main binary is not called "mozilla-thunderbird" but just "thunderbird".

So you'd have to rename the directory Thunderbird stores its settings in:
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mv ~/.mozilla-thunderbird ~/.thunderbird


Alternatively you can make everybody happy by creating a symbolic link, which would make sure that the directory can be found under both names:
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ln -s .mozilla-thunderbird .thunderbird


You'd then have to adjust user.js too ... e.g. change the line from:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto","/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird");

to:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto","/usr/bin/thunderbird");

I had to do this when I copied my settings over from Mint to a SUSE installation ... As I said, just to mention this. 8)
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Postby Red Knuckles on Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:20 pm

In Firefox/Swiftfox you can just type 'about:config" in url line in a new tab and then type 'mailto' in Filter line in 'about:config' and in open area right click and select >New>String and add 'network.protocol-handler.app.mail to' click ok and add '/usr/bin/mozilla-thunderbird' in 'string value' and Thunderbird will automatically open from >File>Send Link. It's easier/faster to do than it sounds.

To automatically open Firefox/Swiftfox from Thunderbird:
>Edit>Preferences>Advanced>Config Editor and type 'http' in filter line and select 'network.protocol-handler.app.http' right click on it select 'Modify' and replace in 'string value'
with path to your favorite browser such as '/usr/bin/firefox' or '/usr/bin/swiftfox'. Do the same for 'https' and 'ftp'. For 'ftp' you probably will need to add preference as described above.
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