Migrating a Business to Linux — 10

On our laptops we have no need for user mails. Those mails are managed elsewhere. Yet system mails are important to keep users informed of potential system issues. I installed the mail-notification applet.

I installed Thunderbird for a GUI mail client. I am comfortable using mailx, but for this migration effort I wanted to make everything as easy as possible for everybody.

I sent a test email:

    echo "This is a test." | mail -s “Testing” root@localhost

Within a second or two, the mail-notification pop-up appeared.

I had configured the applet to open the mail reader. Nothing happened.

The .xsession-errors log informed me the applet wanted to launch evolution. That mail client is not installed.

I ran the following:

xdg-settings set default-url-scheme-handler mailto thunderbird.desktop

Again the mail-notification applet wanted evolution.

My $PATH environment variable always has /user/local/bin preceding /usr/bin and /usr/local/sbin preceding /usr/sbin. I created a sym link:

cd /usr/local/bin; ln -s /usr/bin/thunderbird evolution

The mail-notification applet finally launched Thunderbird.

Hard-coding an app. Another classic WTF.

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