[CentOS] CentOS/RHEL's build of firefox hardwired to evolution -- how to change this

Geerd-Dietger Hoffmann ribalba at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 22:17:59 UTC 2009


Hey

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 9:52 PM, Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com> wrote:
> For some awful reason (can someone explain why?), the RHEL/CentOS build
> of firefox is hardwired to use evolution as its mailto client.  With FF
> 2.<mumble> this was fixable with an about:config setting.  With
> 3.0.<mumble>, it seems not.  What is the proper way of fixing this?
>
> *I* ended up doing a 'sudo rpm -e evolution' and then doing a
> 'sudo ln -s <myfirefoxmailtohandler> /usr/bin/evolution'.  This is a
> truely ugly/bad solution, but it is the only one I know of. Please tell
> be of a better solution.  (Hopefully not one that requires me to
> download the firefox SRPM and hacking the .spec file -- re-building building
> firefox from sources is non-trivial -- I'd *rather* drop random symlinks
> into /usr/bin, bad as that is.)
>
> *I'm* tempted to report this as a serious *bug* (I really consider it so).

It seams like something is not quite right. But what works is that in
the WM you set your default email program to what ever you want. Might
be something where Firefox is trying to be clever in gnome. Like with
Network Manager.

Cheers Didi

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