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links in Thunderbird open in Firefox without my user preferences

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Using Thunderbird and Firefox from PortableApps.  When I click on links in Thunderbird, they open in Firefox (tried both ver.2 and new ver.3), but without any of my user preferences.

From Gmail web page in Firefox, clicking a link to an EE question will open in new tab, autmatically remember me and have me logged in.

From Thunderbird, the link opens the EE page in Firefox, but no login, no bookmarks, no tabs or shortcuts.  Very annoying, since EE loads the bubbly cartoony theme, and wants to pop-up advertising until I login.

Is this some "feature" of Thunderbird to open a stripped-down browser (no prefs, passwords, etc.)?
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Sounds more like TB is opening a different Firefox Profile, or you have Cookies deleted on exit.  Or even a different Firefox Version. You mentioned PortableApps, which typically clear cache on closing, and delete cookies so scheck the Options in the Firefox profile that opens when TB opens Firefox.

Also check the Tools->Options->Privacy and see Cookies expiration date and the Clear Private Data Options. Also check the Cache under the Advanced->Network and the Offline Files option.  Make sure it has at least 1 MB.

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By the way, Portable Apps can get you version 3.0 currently.
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mtz1of4 -
I just installed version 3.0.  Same problem.

It is not cache or cookie clearing.  If I have Firefox open already (like now), clicking on links in Thunderbird will correctly open a new tab in Firefox, and my EE pages appear correctly.

As soon as I close Firefox, Thunderbird uses a clean profile version of Firefox.  No tabs, bookmarks, logins, etc.

I close that browser window, open Firefox and go to EE site.  Click on a link in Thunderbird, and it works fine again.

I cannot find any documentation on Thunderbird chaning Firefox profiles.

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So the key here is Which version of Firefox is TB calling?

My guess here is that you actually have Firefox installed on the system and set as the default Browser, correct? What OS?


Also, you have Portable Firefox, where on a USB drive or a folder on your hard drive?

So are you running Portable TB or Portable Firefox? or both?  Profiles are not kept with the Program files on most OS's unless you are using the Portable Firefox where it has a Profile Folder in it's Data folder.
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Managing+profiles
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>My guess here is that you actually have Firefox installed on the system and set as the default Browser, correct? What OS?

Never had Firefox installed.  Only Portable 2.0, which had problems.  Then un-installed and installed Portable 3.0.

Running XP Pro, SP3.

>Also, you have Portable Firefox, where on a USB drive or a folder on your hard drive?

Running from hard drive.

>So are you running Portable TB or Portable Firefox? or both?  Profilesare not kept with the Program files on most OS's unless you are usingthe Portable Firefox where it has a Profile Folder in it's Data folder.

Running Portable Apps for both Thunderbird and Firefox.

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OK, so that helps a little. Do me a favor, go to your Firefox Portable folder, then you'll have a Data\Profile folder, see if you have a bookmarks.html file there, open it and see if it is your bookmarks or not.

Next go to the Firefox Portable\App\Default Data\Profile folder and see if it also has a bookmarks.html file. Chances are that is the original small limited one from Portable Apps.  

This is really something going on with the settings of the Portable Firefox. I'll need to check with John Hallers forum to see if he has any knowledge or help on this since he has pretty much set them up.

My thought still is that as you point out, when you close FF and then have TB access a link and it opens afresh FF, it's cookies and signons have been wiped.
Tools->Options->Privacy->Private Data Always clear my private data when I close Firefox.

Maybe it's hard coded due to Portable FF, will check.

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One more thing,

Have you ever used Portable Firefox's Auto Update?   http://portableapps.com/node/10338

Ouch here is John's explanation for your issue. You can read the original question above his comment.
http://portableapps.com/node/14501#comment-90006

So it looks like you must have Port FF open before clicking on links either in Explorer OR Port TB.


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So truly it sounds like you do in fact have two Profiles, one in your C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox
and one in your Portable Firefox folder which is called when you access PortableFirefox.exe

but once Port TB opens a link when Port FF is closed it accesses the computers default profile located in the documents and settings path.
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That bites.  Also explains why it works from Gmail's web GUI...Firefox is already open.

I don't understand why the Portable App version cannot be set as a default.  Is it an OS issue, or by design?  I keep portable apps in a folder on the hard drive so that I don't have to constantly plug/unplug a USB flash drive.  I only move to the flash drive when I'm actually leaving my laptop behind.
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Thanks for the suggestions.  I will give it a try.
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