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Thunderbird / Firefox / Linux: Error showing url: Failed to execute child process

PROBLEM

On Linux, you receive this error when trying to open up links from inside Thunderbird emails:

Error showing url: Failed to execute child process "/usr/lib/firefox-3.0.5/firefox" (No such file or directory)

SOLUTION


The solution to this was fairly simple.  Just create the link to firefox binary in the folder it was looking in for firefox

  1. cd /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.5
  2. which firefox
    /usr/bin/firefox
  3. ln -s /usr/bin/firefox firefox
  4. ll
    total 236
    4669475 lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root     16 2009-03-17 22:41 firefox -> /usr/bin/firefox*
    4669742 drwxr-xr-x   3 root root   4096 2008-12-27 20:02 updates/
    4669550 drwxr-xr-x   3 root root   4096 2009-03-17 22:41 ./
    4456449 drwxr-xr-x 291 root root 225280 2009-02-27 04:07 ../
  5. #

This resolved the issue in Thunderbird and links could be launched from within emails.
 

Cheers!
Tom K.

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