OS=Debian stretch, running LXDE
Clicking on URL links from within non-browser programs, such as pidgin or Thunderbird does not open the links. I discovered that the default browser is set to
thunderbird.desktop ... very odd... don't ask me how that got set.
$ xdg-settings get default-web-browser thunderbird.desktop
Trying to set the default browser with xdg-settings does not work:
xdg-settings set default-web-browser firefox-esr.desktop $ xdg-settings get default-web-browser thunderbird.desktop
Interestingly update-alternatives --get-selections shows firefox-esr as the default browser.
$ update-alternatives --get-selections |grep browser gnome-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox-esr infobrowser auto /usr/bin/info www-browser auto /usr/bin/w3m x-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox-esr
I also tried an entry in
$ cat ~/.local/share/applications/defaults.list text/html=firefox-esr.desktop;
Nothing is working. Any help appreciated.
These lines in
~/.config/mimeapps.list were set to
thunderbird.desktop. I changed them to
firefox-esr.desktop, but still no change.
application/x-extension-htm=firefox-esr.desktop application/x-extension-html=firefox-esr.desktop application/x-extension-shtml=firefox-esr.desktop application/xhtml+xml=firefox-esr.desktop application/x-extension-xhtml=firefox-esr.desktop application/x-extension-xht=firefox-esr.desktop
xdg-mime query filetype index.html comes back empty. In fact it comes back empty with other filetypes as well. This has to mean something. However mimetype works.
$ mimetype index.html index.html: text/html
[SOLVED] as per Xen2050's answer
Here is a summary of what I did, in case others have a similar problem:
I had to find all ''mimeapps.list'' and ''defaults.list'' files:
locate mimeapps.list locate defaults.list
Then delete them...
rm ~/.config/mimeapps.list ...
In my case I got an error message about a faulty mime-type with evince (sorry, can't remember the exact message). So i purged evince:
apt-get purge evince apt-get purge thunderbird #just for good measure
The problem was still not solved, so I went on to install ''exo-preferred-applications'', which in Debian is the package ''exo-utils''. Then reinstall thunderbird. I don't need evince so didn't reinstall it.
apt-get install exo-utils apt-get install thunderbird
Then ran ''exo-preferred-applications''. Firefox was not listed under "Web Browsers", so I chose ''other'' and pasted in ''firefox-esr.desktop''. Then ran:
$ xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/http firefox-esr.desktop $ xdg-mime query default x-scheme-handler/https firefox-esr.desktop
The original problem of clicking on links in non-browser applications is also now solved.