As usual, my upgrade to F9 brought with it some behind-the-scenes changes. Sometimes these lurk for quite a while before I discover them.
Tonight I clicked on a “mailto:” URL. A while back I had configured firefox to open a new message buffer in Emacs when I did this; but to my surprise instead it launched evolution.
I wasted a lot of time trying to see what I did wrong in my firefox config (which is amazingly obscure, by the way, for something that seems like a basic configuration tweak). The answer: nothing was wrong. Instead, now I must also configure Gnome to know how to do this.
This meant a short side trip to install gconf-editor… as with seahorse, I was surprised to find out that a generally useful tool like this was not already installed for me.
After successfully editing the proper key, it turns out that “mailto:” is actually handled by the “Mail Reader” in “Preferred Applications” — something I would not have guessed, given that I am trying to send mail. I guess I read that a bit too literally. (The tip from the title: just edit this and save yourself a lot of time.)
I’m not even sure where all these little changes get made. Was it a Gnome change? A firefox change? And integration patch from Fedora? I couldn’t say. Over time, these little annoyances do add up and leave a bad impression.
Off the top of my head, I don’t have a good idea for how Gnome, or whoever, should solve this kind of problem. I just felt like venting a bit.