Thunderbird does not respect the default browser setting.

Tom Horsley horsley1953 at
Thu Mar 7 15:11:43 UTC 2013

On Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:55:57 +0100
Erik P. Olsen wrote:

> What can be done to change this behaviour short of reporting a bug in bugzilla?

That probably wouldn't do any good either :-).

The real problem is that there is no such thing as a "default" anything.

There are some vague rules written by the freedesktop folks,
then there are the 47 million programs which can launch web
browsers which may or may not pay attention to the "rules".


I decrypted enough stuff that I was able to tell claws-mail
to open links with xdg-open and then have that invoke google-chrome,
but there are other things I have yet to have any luck with
(like getting google-chrome to pass .torrent links to
ktorrent - magnets yes, torrents no :-).

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