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Configure evolution to use alternate browser

Posted on 2003-11-09
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Has anyone been able to configure evolution to use a seperate browser (specifically firebird)?  I have read many, many methods that claim to work but the catch here is I am not running gnome, I am using it inside of kde with just the minimal gnome libs needed for the install.
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by:jjerome00
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I don't use evolution, but it is installed on my computer, but I use firebird as my browser in KDE.  If I open a new email (in evolution), enter a link, then test it - it opens in Firebird.  So I think your solution probably has more to do with setting the default browser in KDE than trying some setting in evolution.  I can't remember how I did this (I've been searching for the past 5 minutes), but it might be what you are looking for.  Hope this helps!

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by:majorwoo
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interesting -- evolution is supposed to honor the default gnome e-mail, but i have setup the gnome email client as firebird, and still no look.  I have not looked in a fe w days but I believe I set something in the evolution prefs file to specify firebird, and still no luck.
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by:majorwoo
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evolution is being strange, cor certain

i just completed a gnome install, to see what it thought it was doing - and evo is opening in epiphany, a gnome browser that i installed as part of the package -- so it's using some setting somewhere, that I still can't find (and i have set the gnome default, kde default, and even in the evo js file the URL handlers) -- nothing.  In the end I moved the epiphany binary elsewhere and symlinked to firebird -  a horribly horrible solution, but a working one for now.
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by:majorwoo
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Not that anyone will see this anymore, but I'll up the points because it's annoying me -- and certainly has been hard to find...
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by:jjerome00
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I did some searches on google for some sort of solution

Most mention having to set the browser default in various places, which appears to be something you have already tried.  You might want to double check, so search for "evolution firebird" (w/o the quotes) in google.

Another thing I noticed is that there seems to be a lot of people asking this question; an easier way might show up in the near future in the next version / patch.  

Good luck
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by:majorwoo
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i have seen the same things, alot of people are asking -- and there are alot of solutions, (many/all?) of which I have tried -- the answer might just be that evolution is currently disobeying the gnome default, which is is supposed to honor
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by:majorwoo
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well I really ought to close this, anyone think it's worth saving as we never really found a good way.
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by:majorwoo
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Hmm. there is a new evolution version due shortly, perahps I'll try that and see.  I'd like to get an answer worth saving here as it's a popular question on google...
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I've read posts about this on other sites, so I wonder if it got enough attention to merrit a change in the next version.  Let's hope so, it seems like it would be an easy change that would have a good impact.

Otherwise, from what I can gather, it looks like Novell might make more changes to the product by the end of year, to further line it up with their other Linux assets.

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by:majorwoo
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That looks more promising then anything else I have tried to far.  I would check it now but I am not going to be near my desktop for a few days, I might get home this weekend to try but it's not looking good.  I'll let you know.
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by:majorwoo
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you know, being as this is the official ximian answer if it doesn't work I can't really ask for anymore anyhow ;-)

I still haven't had a chance to try it, but I appreciate the help. I'll let you know when I am able to try it, but in the meantime I'll close this.
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by:jjerome00
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Well thanks for the points.  Keep me updated if it works or not.
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ha it worked! i just had a chance to try it ;-)
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