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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2004 9:02 pm    Post subject: how to make mailto: links work with firefox and thunderbird Reply with quote

another thread about this, but i get it working. this is taken from the mozillazine forums.

i'm using:
Code:
mozilla-firefox-0.8
mozilla-thunderbird-0.5-r1


1. install the mozex extension for firefox

get it from http://mozex.mozdev.org. currently i have mozex 1.07 installed.

in the mozex options, enable the intercept mailto: clicks. then set the mailer: command to the full path of a script, let's say, "/home/me/usr/bin/mailtoFirefoxThunderbird.sh %a %s".

2. create the /home/me/usr/bin/mailtoFirefoxThunderbird.sh script

open your favorite editor and copy/paste:

Code:
#!/bin/sh
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/MozillaThunderbird"
THUNDERBIRD_PATH=${MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME}
                                                                                                               
if [ -z "`/bin/ps x | /bin/grep \"[0-9] ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird-bin\"`" ]; then
        # No MozillaThunderbird running
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -P default -compose "mailto:$1?subject=$2"
else
        # MozillaThunderbird running
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -remote "mailto($1?subject=$2)"
fi


save it to /home/me/usr/bin/mailtoFirefoxThunderbird.sh, and make it executable:

Code:
chmod +x /home/me/usr/bin/mailtoFirefoxThunderbird.sh


3. restart firefox

4. test

me@nowhere.com. i suggest you to test a link with a ?subject part. sorry, i wasn't able to reproduce a test link here with bbcode.

it should work now. the only thing we need is to get rid of the annoying mailto: is not a registered protocol message, which happens from times to times; however the compose window opens all the same. any suggestions and corrections are welcome, hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for this one dJu`
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2004 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dju`

You can do the same with sylpheed :)

install the mozex extension, enable the intercept mailto: click, and instead of MozillaThunderbird script, type :

Code:

sylpheed-claws --compose %a


at the mailer: command line.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you who don't like adding extensions to firefox, here's how I did it:

Edit (or create) /home/username/.phoenix/DEFAULT/STRINGOFCHARACTERS/user.js

My file is /home/jef/.phoenix/default/nu0owawp.slt/user.js

Add the line

Code:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto", "/home/jef/scripts/mailto");


Where /home/jef/scripts/mailto is the path to the script above. But I had to edit the script to prevent it from putting mailto:name@name.com in the address instead of just name@name.com

How I did it is below, letting the html do the work of specifying address/subject/cc or whatever. Works fine for me:

Code:

#!/bin/sh
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/MozillaThunderbird"
THUNDERBIRD_PATH=${MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME}
                                                                                                               
if [ -z "`/bin/ps x | /bin/grep \"[0-9] ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird-bin\"`" ]; then
        # No MozillaThunderbird running
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -P default -compose "$1"
else
        # MozillaThunderbird running
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -remote "$1"
fi

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an FYI. If you want Thunderbird to open weblinks you need a second script with
Code:
#!/bin/sh
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/MozillaFirefox"
FIREFOX_PATH=${MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME}
                                                                                                               
if [ -z "`/bin/ps x | /bin/grep \"[0-9] ${FIREFOX_PATH}/firefox-bin\"`" ]; then
        # No MozillaFirefox running
        ${FIREFOX_PATH}/firefox -P default "$1"
else
        # MozillaFirefox running
        ${FIREFOX_PATH}/firefox -remote "openurl($1, new-tab)"
fi


and to add the lines
Code:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "~/scripts/http");
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.https", "~/scripts/http");

to your Thunderbird prefs file
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2004 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip. I was just wondering how to do that.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To open a link from an email in thunderbird with firefox:

~/.thunderbird/default/<random crap>/user.js (create this file if it doesn't exist)
Code:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/usr/bin/firefox");


[edit] made a little more clearer


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 7:04 pm    Post subject: Thunderbird to open weblinks Reply with quote

Hello,

I did the setup as described in the posts found here. I can open a URL in Thunderbird.. it opens firefox, but the address bar shows the url being a link in the /tmp directory, not the url address of the website I clicked on.

So in the /tmp generated webpage made by clicking the link you cannot go past the first link you clicked on in the email message.

Is there a way around this? To get firefox to open a new webpage with the full url, so I can use all the links and the webpage as it really stands?

Thank you

Sincerely,

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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 7:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Thunderbird to open weblinks Reply with quote

TriKster_Abacus wrote:
Hello,

I did the setup as described in the posts found here. I can open a URL in Thunderbird.. it opens firefox, but the address bar shows the url being a link in the /tmp directory, not the url address of the website I clicked on.

So in the /tmp generated webpage made by clicking the link you cannot go past the first link you clicked on in the email message.

Is there a way around this? To get firefox to open a new webpage with the full url, so I can use all the links and the webpage as it really stands?

Thank you

Sincerely,

TriKster Abacus


look at my post directly above yours. :P if you don't have a user.js just create one and put that line in it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2004 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, actually it's another problem from what this thread was initially about, but it's good to mention.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since I've been schooling myself on "101 ways to launch mozilla flavored apps" I figured I'd get my mailto: working without an extension.

This script will work with a default emerge of mozilla-thunderbird-bin. Just put it somewhere and make it executable and set your "network.protocol-handler.app.mailto" in about:config. It works if thunderbird is open, closed, doing something, whatever.
Code:

#!/bin/sh
#set -x # Uncomment "set -x" for debugging

export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/opt/MozillaThunderbird"

#check if command line arguments have the form "mailto:somebody at somewhere.com?subject=something"
#if that's true put "somebody at somewhere.com?subject=something" in MAILTO address
MAILTO=`echo $@ | awk 'BEGIN{FS=":"} $1 ~ /mailto/ {print $2}'`

THUNDERBIRD_PATH="/opt/MozillaThunderbird"

if [ -z "`ps x | grep \"[0-9] ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird\"`" ]; then
    # No thunderbird running
    /opt/MozillaThunderbird/thunderbird $@
else
    # thunderbird running - raise window
     /opt/MozillaThunderbird/thunderbird -remote "xfeDoCommand(openInbox)"
fi

if [ -n "$MAILTO" ]; then
    /opt/MozillaThunderbird/thunderbird -remote "mailto($MAILTO)"
fi



*edited it so it should be a drop in replacement for the /usr/bin/thunderbird script. Called on it's own, thunderbird launches, called again the window is brought to the top, called from the browser with mailto: the compose window opens. This is for the thunderbird-bin package but I imagine it should work with the compiled version with changes to the paths.

Thanks to google and
http://www.wlug.org.nz/MozillaThunderbirdNotes
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2004 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works well, thanks. That is a better solution than the ones put out my the mozdev. Just a couple suggestions. You define a varible for the path to Thunderbird and then do not use it. A little pointless to setup the variable and then not use it :wink:. Also, I was under the impression that /usr/lib/MozillaThunderbird was the default location for the install. I did not change anything and that is where it is on my computer.

Code:

THUNDERBIRD_PATH="/usr/lib/MozillaThunderbird"

if [ -z "`ps x | grep \"[0-9] ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird\"`" ]; then
        # No thunderbird running
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird $@
else
        # thunderbird running - raise window
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -remote "xfeDoCommand(openInbox)"
fi

if [ -n "$MAILTO" ]; then
        ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -remote "mailto($MAILTO)"
fi

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome work guys =)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your version (for a source install correct?) cleans it up a lot and should make for an easier patch for an ebuild depending on if it's the bin or source version. I emailed they person who did the current thunderbird (bin?) script so maybe this can get some wider testing.

Code:

#!/bin/sh
#set -x # Uncomment "set -x" for debugging

export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/opt/MozillaThunderbird"

#check if command line arguments have the form "mailto:somebody at somewhere.com?subject=something"
#if that's true put "somebody at somewhere.com?subject=something" in MAILTO address
MAILTO=`echo $@ | awk 'BEGIN{FS=":"} $1 ~ /mailto/ {print $2}'`
#THUNDERBIRD_PATH="/usr/lib/MozillaThunderbird" #Uncomment for mozilla-thunderbird (source install)
THUNDERBIRD_PATH="/opt/MozillaThunderbird" #mozilla-thunderbird-bin

if [ -z "`ps x | grep \"[0-9] ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird\"`" ]; then
    # No thunderbird running
    ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird $@
else
    # thunderbird running - raise window
    ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird  -remote "xfeDoCommand(openInbox)"
fi

if [ -n "$MAILTO" ]; then
    ${THUNDERBIRD_PATH}/thunderbird -remote "mailto($MAILTO)"
fi


I've never used mozilla-launcher so I don't know how this affects that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Works fine here so far. Have not had any problems with it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would it not be possible to use Gnome's built in "Preferred Applications" to do this? (or KDE's? .. but I'm using Gnome at the moment)

So far I have it -almost- working, just by putting this as my preferred mail reader:

Code:
thunderbird -remote "mailto (%s)"


the only problem is that the %s stays as a %s in the TO field, not as the e-mail address. There may or may not be a way around this, but it seems MUCH more elegant than scripts, etc...

I'll play with it more later when I'm home from work, and post results if I get it working.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably, but not everybody is using a DE. The script works well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pacman13 wrote:
Would it not be possible to use Gnome's built in "Preferred Applications" to do this? (or KDE's? .. but I'm using Gnome at the moment)

So far I have it -almost- working, just by putting this as my preferred mail reader:

Code:
thunderbird -remote "mailto (%s)"


the only problem is that the %s stays as a %s in the TO field, not as the e-mail address. There may or may not be a way around this, but it seems MUCH more elegant than scripts, etc...

I'll play with it more later when I'm home from work, and post results if I get it working.


Shouldn't you be using
Code:
thunderbird -remote "mailto ($1)"
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

newbie alert :p

what should i name the script and where should i put it ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just put mine in /usr/bin/ and made it executable and I have mine named "thunderbird-mailto" and use it for any program, icon, etc that needs thunderbird. Just don't name it thunderbird or thunderbird-bin because an emerge will overwrite it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firephoto wrote:
I just put mine in /usr/bin/ and made it executable and I have mine named "thunderbird-mailto" and use it for any program, icon, etc that needs thunderbird. Just don't name it thunderbird or thunderbird-bin because an emerge will overwrite it.


thanks for that but what executes the script ?
because firefox is relying on kde to handle mailto
so do i set kde to launch the sh script when mailto link is clicked ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

enter about:config in the address bar of firefox and look for:

network.protocol-handler.app.mailto

and set that to:

/usr/bin/thunderbird-mailto (or wherever/whatever you called it)

You can also make a file named user.js in your firefox profile directory.
~/.mozilla/firefox/default.***/user.js

Code:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.mailto", "/usr/bin/thunderbird-mailto");


The second way is probably the "better" way but both should work. (I use the first)

*Oh and I'm not sure how you are getting KDE to handle the mailto with firefox?? If you have something set their that firefox is linked to you might disable it or clear it or??
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing; finally firefox and thunderbird talk to each other (mind you, why they don't out of the box at least via the mozilla-laucher thing is beyond me).
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

allucid wrote:
To open a link from an email in thunderbird with firefox:

~/.thunderbird/default/<random crap>/user.js (create this file if it doesn't exist)
Code:
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.app.http", "/usr/bin/firefox");


[edit] made a little more clearer


Thanks, that simple little trick just worked(tm). :D

Why this isn't available at least as an option is truly and utterly beyond me, since this is the least that people expect from any browser + mail app constellation, preview technology or not. :)
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