[Users] Opening mailto: links with Claws Mail in KDE

Tristan Miller psychonaut at nothingisreal.com
Tue Apr 25 16:10:36 CEST 2017

Dear Charlie,

On Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:43:02 -0700, Charlie Kravetz
<cjk at teamcharliesangels.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:27:15 +0200
> Tristan Miller <psychonaut at nothingisreal.com> wrote:
> >On Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:01:56 +0200, Andrej Kacian
> ><andrej at kacian.sk> wrote:  
> >> I'd like to say "Works for me, even with kmail installed". I am
> >> using KDE 5.28 on Debian Testing, and following command in
> >> systemsettings:
> >> 
> >>   claws-mail --compose "%u"    
> >
> >Fascinating.  Does it work even when you use kde-open from the
> >command line, as follows?
> >
> >$ kde-open mailto:test at example.com
> No, it won't work unless kde-open is using firefox.

What do you mean by that?  kde-open, like xdg-open, is a DE-level file
handler that gets called when you open a file or follow a link from an
arbitrary KDE application.  For mailto: links, it's supposed to invoke
the command you selected in System Settings.  You can't simultaneously
set this entry to "claws-mail" and "firefox".  If you set it to
"firefox", then mailto: links will supposedly* open in Firefox. But
this is an extremely silly thing to do, since Firefox is not a mail

(Anyway, how do you know what does and doesn't work on Andrej's


* Supposedly because, as I've mentioned, there's a bug that causes KDE
  to ignore the setting, and open all mailto: links in KMail anyway.
  Andrej claims that he's not affected by this bug, so I'm just trying
  to double-check that this is because the underlying kde-open really is
  working properly.

                  Tristan Miller
Free Software developer, ferret herder, logologist
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