Posted at 9:34pm on Thursday, June 12th, 2008 by Andy
OK – next niggle with my new Hardy Heron installation. Clicking links in emails in Thunderbird doesn’t do anything. Nothing. For the last week I’ve been pasting links from emails into Firefox. This is no fun. Some googling around didn’t really help (the suggestions here, for example, didn’t work for me). What did work for me was the following (ymmv, obviously)…
In Thunderbird go to Edit -> Preferences. Open the Advanced tab and then the General tab. Then click the Config editor button. Find the line called network.protocol-handler.expose-all and change it to True. Voilà (at least for me).
Update: OK. I lied. This didn’t work for me at all. In fact what it did for me was cause Firefox to open with a downloaded version of the file. I’m stumped. And annoyed.
Posted at 12:16pm on Friday, April 27th, 2007 by Andy
Part of the problem (that’s perhaps a little unfair, but hey, bear with me) of an automatically updated Kubuntu desktop is that sometimes the defaults change, and you end up with a change that you aren’t happy with. Recently, and for no reason I could divine, the default viewer for PDFs in Thunderbird (mail client) changed to evince. This should, of course, be fine, but for yet more reasons I can’t divine evince can’t print. Or rather, can only occasionally print, which is frankly worse.
After about a month of muttering to myself I finally broke and tried to find out what the hell was going on… It’s not defined in the Attachments menu (in Thunderbird
Edit -> Preferences -> Attachments -> View & edit actions). It’s not defined in the system Default Applications (from the ‘start’ button
System Settings -> Default Applications). It’s not even defined using
update-alternatives. Instead (and thanks to Tim Fredrick’s site for pointing me in the right direction) it’s defined in
/usr/share/applications/defaults.list. In that file look for the line starting
application/pdf and change the value to be the
.desktop file of your choice, relative to the
/usr/share/applications directory. In my case my app of choice is KPDF, and so I have changed my line to read as follows: