Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 472148
gnome-default-applications-properties won't make thunderbird default mail reader
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:53:02 EST
Description of problem:
gnome-default-applications-properties won't make thunderbird default mail reader when I launch it from my gnome session by clicking System-> Preferences -> Personal -> preferred applications (I don't know how it's actually called in english, I run a french session).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.install thunderbird and remove evolution
3.select thunderbird in the list, as the default mail reader
icon besides firefox on the top panel defaults back to the bluecurve icon,
named 'preferred mail reader' and a click on it gives an error message :
Détails : L'exécution du processus fils « evolution » a échoué (Aucun fichier ou dossier de ce type)
approx. translation :
Details : The child process "evolution" failed to execute (File or directory doesn't exist)
icon besides firefox on the top panel becomes thunderbird one, and a click on it launches thunderbird
if I type mailto:email@example.com in the GNOME launch box (ALT+F2), it adds '///' before the recipient's name, so it becomes '///firstname.lastname@example.org'
, but I don't know wether it's related to this bug
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
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I've also noticed this bug. This bug did NOT occur for me with x86_64 architecture, but has happened with every install of i386. Essentially, one has to manually edit the shortcut icon to point to thunderbird.
One interesting thing to do is : set the default mail reader to thunderbird, go to ~/.local/share/applications and remove 'default mail reader'.
Then log out and in : it works, icon besides firefox is now thunderbird, mailto: in gnome launch box still doesn't work.
I think this bug should be bumped to a higher priority. It's been around for too long (since F10 was released), and should not be a problem still. This is ridiculous. It is also causing other side-effect bugs, as confused users try to come up with their own fixes, such as Bug 485519.
Works fine here. What's the content of:
after you change the setting in the preferred applications preferences?
Could just be a problem with the gnome-panel not monitoring the file properly.
The gnome-launch-box problem is a separate bug.
Bastien : I don't think this is a problem with the gnome panel, here attached is the content of ~/.local/share/applications/preferred-mail-reader.desktop AFTER having set thunderbird as the default mail reader :
Exec=evolution --component=mail %s //this shouldn't be here, am I right ?
Name=Preferred Mail Reader
It seems every x86_64 install I did wasnt experiencing this issue...
(In reply to comment #6)
> It seems every x86_64 install I did wasnt experiencing this issue...
I concur. This seems to happen only with i386 versions, as my x86_64 machines work fine also.
Also, the contents of my ~/.local/share/applications/preferred-mail-reader.desktop currently shows thunderbird also because I've manually edited it. However, usually it shows the same as comment #6 before I change anything.
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