Bug 472148 - gnome-default-applications-properties won't make thunderbird default mail reader
gnome-default-applications-properties won't make thunderbird default mail reader
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: control-center (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2008-11-18 19:00 EST by Corentin Perard-Gayot
Modified: 2009-12-18 01:53 EST (History)
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Description Corentin Perard-Gayot 2008-11-18 19:00:50 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):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.install thunderbird and remove evolution
2.launch gnome-default-applications-properties
3.select thunderbird in the list, as the default mail reader
Actual results:
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)

Expected results:
icon besides firefox on the top panel becomes thunderbird one, and a click on it launches thunderbird

Additional info:
if I type mailto:someone@somewhere.ext in the GNOME launch box (ALT+F2), it adds '///' before the recipient's name, so it becomes '///someone@somewhere.ext'
, but I don't know wether it's related to this bug
Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 00:35:18 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 2 Christopher Tubbs 2009-02-13 16:20:25 EST
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.
Comment 3 Corentin Perard-Gayot 2009-02-13 20:15:34 EST
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.
Comment 4 Christopher Tubbs 2009-03-15 13:54:03 EDT
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.
Comment 5 Bastien Nocera 2009-03-16 06:17:42 EDT
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.
Comment 6 Corentin Perard-Gayot 2009-03-16 09:18:49 EDT
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 :

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=evolution --component=mail %s //this shouldn't be here, am I right ?
Name=Preferred Mail Reader
GenericName=Mail Reader
Comment=Send email

It seems every x86_64 install I did wasnt experiencing this issue...
Comment 7 Christopher Tubbs 2009-03-16 10:03:07 EDT
(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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