I've tried removing and re-creating the symlinks for mail, Mail and mailx in /etc/alternatives an pointing them to icedove, and still when I click on any mailto link, I get a terminal with Mutt. I don't even have mutt configured on this machine, my mail provider seems to not like mutt I've googled until my eyes bled, etc., etc., but I have yet to find a solution to this. I just want icedove to be the default mua, and to work with chromium when I click on a mailto:// link.

Any assistance appreciated.

On 09/16/2016 03:10 PM, Tony Baldwin wrote:
On 09/16/2016 10:52 AM, The Wanderer wrote:
(Is there a particular reason you replied to me privately, rather than
to the mailing list?)

I should probably mention that I'm using chromium as my browser;
getting firefox or iceweasel to use icedove is like falling off a log
it's so easy. I had it working on the Jessie on an hdd that just died
on me (thankfully not until I'd downloaded and made an install disk
to install on the other hdd, which I'm using now.) But in my old age,
I can't remember for the life of me how I did it. I don't believe it
was with update-alternatives. I think I edited some config file
somewhere, but for the life of me, I can't recall where.

A quick bit of Googling finds a discussion of a similar subject from a
few years back:


I haven't the slightest idea where to find
settings panel >default applications >email
As the forum thread doesn't say what settings panel where.
And I can't find anything in chrome://settings that corresponds to mail
or default applications.
nor is there anything in my systemmenu under settings for default
Perhaps the forum user was referring to something in the default wm
(mate or something?) which I don't use.
I'm using openbox with the fbpanel.

I'm not sure this is the _only_ way to do it, or necessarily the best,
but someone did report it worked for them.

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