Bug 13435 - xdg-email - Thunderbird does not support email attachments
Summary: xdg-email - Thunderbird does not support email attachments
Alias: None
Product: Portland
Classification: Unclassified
Component: xdg-utils (show other bugs)
Version: 1.0
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Fathi Boudra
QA Contact:
Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Blocks: 23105
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Reported: 2007-11-28 14:47 UTC by Lei Zhang
Modified: 2010-11-27 15:36 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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proposed fix (3.27 KB, patch)
2007-11-28 14:47 UTC, Lei Zhang
Details | Splinter Review
to_thunderbird.diff (824 bytes, patch)
2010-02-28 05:50 UTC, Pablo Castellano (pablog)
Details | Splinter Review
thunderbird_trailing_comma.diff (804 bytes, patch)
2010-04-30 04:38 UTC, Pablo Castellano (pablog)
Details | Splinter Review

Description Lei Zhang 2007-11-28 14:47:00 UTC
On http://portland.freedesktop.org/wiki/EmailConfig, it says Moziila Thunderbird does not support email attachments from xdg-email.

It turns out Thunderbird disabled attachments via a mailto: URL on purpose, because they believe it is not secure. [1]

I'm proposing the following workaround: (see attachment)

In open_kde() / open_gnome(), look up the email client kde/gnome is trying to run. If the client contains Thunderbird in its name, then call run_thunderbird(), which parses the mailto url, reformats it in a way that Thunderbird accepts, and then run Thunderbird.

open_xfce() does not need to do this because exo-open already does this. [2]

[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=99055#c6
[2] http://svn.xfce.org/svn/xfce/libexo/trunk/exo-helper/helpers/exo-compose-mail-0.3
Comment 1 Lei Zhang 2007-11-28 14:47:34 UTC
Created attachment 12807 [details] [review]
proposed fix
Comment 2 Noèl Köthe 2009-07-13 01:37:44 UTC
will the proposed fix from Comment #1 be integrated?
Comment 3 Nicolas Lécureuil 2009-08-03 14:17:48 UTC
fabo, can you review this patch please ?
Comment 4 Chris 2009-10-03 16:10:53 UTC
Can confirm bug, and also that the patch works.
Comment 6 Pablo Castellano (pablog) 2010-02-28 05:50:47 UTC
Created attachment 33640 [details] [review]

Hi Fathi.
It looks like you committed the patch with an error and the "TO:" field isn't working.

Here's a patch to fix it.
Comment 7 Pablo Castellano (pablog) 2010-02-28 05:51:23 UTC
"TO:" field is not working.
Patch attached
Comment 8 Fathi Boudra 2010-02-28 06:02:06 UTC
oups, sorry. fixed.
Comment 9 Oxmosys 2010-02-28 09:40:32 UTC
Unfortunately, this fix does not work anymore with thunderbird 3, because of two regressions in the way thunderbird 3 handle -compose. I've reported the issue in thunderbird bugzilla and all details about this problem can be found here :


I guess that this has to be fixed in thunderbird and not xdg-utils, but I might be wrong.
Comment 10 Robert Ancell 2010-03-11 21:28:03 UTC
Strips the trailing comma as required by Thunderbird 3:
ATTACH=$(echo "$MAILTO" | sed 's/^attach=/\n\nfile:\/\//g' | awk '/^file:/ { printf "%s,",$0 }')
ATTACH=$(echo "$ATTACH" | sed 's/,$//')
Comment 11 Pablo Castellano (pablog) 2010-04-30 04:38:33 UTC
Created attachment 35340 [details] [review]

Patch tested and working following Robert's last comment.
Comment 12 Pablo Castellano (pablog) 2010-07-18 14:10:46 UTC
a friendly ping, can we finally patch&close this bug?
Comment 13 Fathi Boudra 2010-09-24 10:48:30 UTC
fixed in CVS
Comment 14 Rich Wales 2010-11-27 15:36:31 UTC
I added the above patch to the /usr/bin/xdg-email on my Ubuntu Maverick system, but it doesn't seem to help.  I still get an error when I try to e-mail photos from Picasa 2.7 to Thunderbird 3.1.6.  Any suggestions are welcome regarding things I can do to help track down the problem.

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