Description of problem:
The launchmail script opens the last used Evolution component, which may have
been Contacts or Tasks, rather than the Email interface. The default desktop
panel icon for email uses launchmail, and so users that open their Email in this
way sometimes get the Contacts or Tasks instead.
I think that the issue is that the launchmail script fetches the string
"evolution" from the GConf key for mailto:, but Evolution nows requires
"evolution --component=mail" to force loading the Email interface, rather than
the defaulting to the last opened component.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select Applications > Office > Contacts
2. Close Contacts
3. Click the Email panel icon, or run launchmail from a terminal window
Launchmail opens the "Contacts" interface.
Launchmail ought to open the "Email" interface.
What happens if you click on a "mailto:" link?
Clicking a mailto: link in (the default Fedora) Firefox pops up both a "Compose
Message" window, and the last opened Evolution component as well.
Has this behavior began in FC5, or has FC4 behaved like this?
I suspect that this really is just a poor design problem of evolution. None of
the other clients behave this way. We'll see what the evolution maintainer &
From memory, I beleive that FC4 did the same thing.
See also bug #197868.
Hmm, Bug #197868 seems to have the acutal problem and solution in other components.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 197868 ***