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    Firefox does not open links from other applications

    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu precise (development branch)"

    Package: firefox
    ...
    Version: 11.0+build1-0ubuntu4
    Take a link from some other app, such as (for example) Thunderbird. Click... firefox opens, but it always goes to my home page, opening another window for FF if one is already open.

    Tried:

    reinstalling FF
    moving my .mozilla directory out of the way, creating a new profile
    installing Chrome

    Chrome works as expected, opening the link. Switch back to FF and it stops working again.

    Any ideas?

    Tried searching for this, but keywords like link and firefox generate too much noise.

    thanks in advance
    - Frank

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Moved to U+1

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Does this happen with Thunderbird only or with other applications as well?

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Happens on other applications as well. For example, when trying to sync Tomboy notes, there's a button to push that opens a browser to log into Ubuntu One and start your sync.

    I had to switch to Chrome to get that to work. Otherwise, Firefox would open a new window with my home page in it.
    - Frank

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Try to reinstall xul-ext-ubufox.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall xul-ext-ubufox
    If that doesn't help, try to disable Ubuntu Firefox Modifications extension. See if it makes any difference.

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Tried each of those, first reinstalling xul-ext-ubfox, then disabling Ubuntu Firefox modifications.

    I've also tried disabling all add-ons both extensions and plugins.

    None of these measures worked.
    - Frank

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Quote Originally Posted by fbicknel View Post
    Tried each of those, first reinstalling xul-ext-ubfox, then disabling Ubuntu Firefox modifications.

    I've also tried disabling all add-ons both extensions and plugins.

    None of these measures worked.
    Logout of your account, log in as Guest and report if the problem persists or not.

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Sorry so long since I posted.

    Yes, using the guest account works as it should.

    What makes this feature work?

    It seems it should be a FF issue, since it works fine in Chrome. However, I have tried not only re-installing FF, but also moving my .mozilla directory and letting it create a new one.
    - Frank

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Quote Originally Posted by fbicknel View Post
    Sorry so long since I posted.

    Yes, using the guest account works as it should.

    What makes this feature work?

    It seems it should be a FF issue, since it works fine in Chrome. However, I have tried not only re-installing FF, but also moving my .mozilla directory and letting it create a new one.
    It still doesn't work after re-installing and moving the .mozilla directory?

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    Re: Firefox does not open links from other applications

    Suspend disbelief! ^^

    No, it still doesn't work.

    My home directory was copied over from my 11.10 host. It worked fine there.

    Can't imagine what might change to make it malfunction with 12.04.

    My wife's home directory was also copied from the same 11.10 host. Hers behaves normally.
    - Frank

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