Thunderbird does not respect the default browser setting. [SOLVED]

Erik P. Olsen epodata at
Sat Mar 9 12:46:36 UTC 2013

On 09/03/13 13:22, Ed Greshko wrote:
> On 03/09/13 19:38, Erik P. Olsen wrote:
>> On 09/03/13 12:10, Ed Greshko wrote:
>>> On 03/09/13 18:31, Erik P. Olsen wrote:
>>>> On 08/03/13 07:46, Ed Greshko wrote:
>>>>> On 03/08/13 14:05, Frantisek Hanzlik wrote:
>>>>>> Hmm, there should be possible set default browser for individual
>>>>>> users, not only as system global.
>>>>> Yes, there is....
>>>>> xdg-settings is supposed to be the command to set that up.  However, I've found it to be buggy.  So, you can manually edit
>>>>> $HOME/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list
>>>> Changing this mimeapps.list does nothing. There are two defaults.list on my system: In /usr/local/share/applications/ and in /usr/share/applications/
>>>> Changing defaults.list only works in /usr/share/applications/ and copying it to $HOME/.local/share/applications/ has no effect either.
>>> I should mention I'm running KDE.  If you are using GNOME, you may want to try installing gconf-editor and checking the settings for desktop-->gnome-->url-handlers-->http  and  https.
>> I am actually running XFCE.
> OK....  I just happen to have a system on which I've not run xfce.  When I clicked on the browser icon on the panel it informed me my default browser wasn't configured.  So, I chose /usr/bin/google-chrome.
> The action of doing that modified several files....
> ~/.config/xfce4/helpers.rc  was created and contains the line
> WebBrowser=custom-WebBrowser
> Then ~/.local/share/xfce4/helpers/custom-WebBrowser.desktop  was created and it contains
> [egreshko at f18x helpers]$ cat custom-WebBrowser.desktop
> [Desktop Entry]
> NoDisplay=true
> Version=1.0
> Encoding=UTF-8
> Type=X-XFCE-Helper
> X-XFCE-Category=WebBrowser
> X-XFCE-CommandsWithParameter=/usr/bin/google-chrome "%s"
> Icon=google-chrome
> Name=google-chrome
> X-XFCE-Commands=/usr/bin/google-chrome
> There is also a google-chrome.desktop in that same directory but it was created back in January and I think created when I installed chrome on that system.
OK, I see the same files but they do nothing with regard to launching 
google-chrome from links in thunderbird.


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