[Users] Claws, Firefox and mailto

Michael Schwendt bugreporter at abwesend.de
Tue Dec 24 11:16:35 CET 2013

On Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:01:29 +0000, Geraint Hywel wrote:

> Dear All.
> When I click a mailto tag in Firefox, it starts up a new instance of
> Claws, even if there is one already running.
> Performing the same operation in Chrome works correctly (it uses the
> existing instance of Claws).
> The relevant preference in Firefox appears to be set correctly:
>   http://i.imgur.com/HDi2Cm6.png
> I suspect that this is a Firefox issue, rather than a Claws one, but I
> wondered if anyone else here had seen it before, and knew of a
> workaround..?
> I'm running Claws 3.9.2 on a Fedora 19 box.  I'm using the Gnome 3
> desktop right now, but I was until very recently using KDE4, and had
> the same problem there, too.

That's because of Firefox and Claws Mail using a different temporary
directory under certain circumstances.

For the full story, see http://bugzilla.redhat.com/956380
and the ticket linked there.

The Fedora packages of Claws Mail contains a README.Fedora, which 
points out that setting the TMPDIR environment variable for your user
account can fix it. Then both applications will use the same directory.

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