[Fwd: firefox "mailto:" protocol configuration]

Christian Bendele Christian.Bendele at gmx.net
Fri Nov 11 11:01:07 PST 2005

Christian Bendele wrote:

> In firefox's address bar enter "about:config" to get a list of all 
> configuration variables. you can enter "mail" in the filter at the 
> top, because otherwise they are too many for comfort.
> then you have to make two changes:
> change "network.protocol-handler.expose.mailto" to "TRUE"
> and then create a new string variable (right mouse-click and click 
> "new -> string") called
> "network.protocol-handler.app.mailto". Set this variable's value to 
> the command line you use
> to start your mail client. A simple "thunderbird" does the job for 
> that client, options like mail address, subject etc,
> if contained in the link you clicked, will automatically be used for 
> the new mail.
Okay, I have to correct myself. While this does indeed work fine on my 
elderly lfs5.1 system and firefox-1.0.0 there seems to be some problem 
with firefox-1.0.7 on my brandnew system. In thunderbird the "mailto:" 
part of the link gets included into the address part of the mail header. 
This will cause the mail to bounce. I'm not sure if that is a bug either 
in newer versions (later than 1.0.0) of firefox or thunderbird, or if 
something was changed on purpose...
I'll try to find a solution, but maybe somebody else already knows one... :)


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