View Full Version : [ubuntu] hardy: thunderbird can't open ftp:// links

September 5th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Back when I was running SuSE, I could click on an ftp link in an email message in thunderbird, and it would grab the file and save it to the desktop.

When I attempt the same thing in ubuntu hardy, thunderbird just hangs forever. A look at the processes shows that it's launching "xdg-open" with the ftp url as argument, and xdg-open is hanging.

Any idea how to configure this to work? The gnome "preferred applications" menu only allows web and email URLs, so how to handle ftp is apparently indeterminate.:(

September 5th, 2008, 10:50 PM
Following up, it seems that xdg-open calls gnome-open, which apparently can't properly parse ftp urls. Too bad I can't just tell thunderbird to use firefox for ftp urls...

If anyone's already conquered this beast, feel free to advise...

September 9th, 2008, 04:18 AM


October 23rd, 2008, 12:40 AM
(bump) anybody?

October 23rd, 2008, 02:40 PM
I had a similar problem also with http links (not only ftp), take a look here: http://tronprog.blogspot.com/2007/10/thunderbird-wont-open-http-links.html

hope this helps...