Gmail isn't available in GNOME's Preferred Applications dialogue

Bug #269207 reported by KillerKiwi on 2008-09-12
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
prism (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: prism-google-gmail

GMail using Prism should be displayed as an option in GNOME's Preferred Applicacions dialogue.


[Original description]

When you install gmail prisim it should become your default email client

gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/mailto/command --type="string" "firefox"

Filip Sufitchi (fsufitch) wrote :

1. The command you have posted is for setting *firefox* to open GMail as the default mail client on the mailto: protocol

2. This is not a bug in prism, as prism can be used to app-ify not only GMail, but other things such as Pandora Radio.

I think you should have to do your gconf manually.

KillerKiwi (killerkiwi2005) wrote :

Ok then change it gnome-open or xdg-open

I meant for "gmail prism" only is this the wrong package?

The intend a user expresses when installing prism is to use gmail as an application, it would be nice if it was offered in the list of preferred appliactions for email handling. Right now when a user clicks the mailto links nothing happens (or worse still an unintended program opens).

Nicola Ferralis (feranick) wrote :

Should this be marked as "Wishlist"?

summary: - prisim gmail default mailto
+ Gmail isn't available in GNOME's Preferred Applications dialogue
description: updated
Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) wrote :

To do this we have two options:

a) Add support for it directly into gnome-control-center.

b) Install an .xml file into /usr/share/gnome-control-center/default-apps/ with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE default-apps SYSTEM "gnome-da-list.dtd">
      <name>Google Mail (Prism)</name>
      <command>prism-google-mail %s</command>

However, there is a problem. "prism-google-mail <email address>" doesn't work, so this won't work.

If someone knows how to launch a GMail compose window within Prism please tell me!

description: updated
KillerKiwi (killerkiwi2005) wrote :

prism -uri "<email address hidden>"


prism-google-mail -uri "<email address hidden>"


dont know if its the script or what

Endolith (endolith) wrote :

A mailto handler should be included when you install prism-google-mail, though, which will then show up as an option in Preferred Applications.

Another one could exist that just pipes the Gmail compose URL into xdg-open, which will call Gmail in your default browser, but that would be part of some other package, like firefox-gnome-support.

Changed in prism (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Is there a specific issue with Firefox here? I cannot see it from what has been posted.

Changed in firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

The solution should probably be using the system default webbrowser and not be hardcoded for Prism, e.g. after I switched to chromium I would be a bit sad to have to pull in xulrunner and friends just to get proper gmail integration.

Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

This is not a bug in Firefox.

Changed in firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Chris Beaven (smileychris) wrote :

See -- just tested, works great for me.

@Chris - thanks for the heads up - I've requested the inclusion of Gnome-Gmail here:

David Steele (daves) wrote :

gnome-gmail is now in Natty Universe.

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