[sylpheed:35254] Re: Mailto syntax: bug in Sylpheed?

Gene Goldenfeld genegold at fastmail.fm
Fri May 11 06:30:53 JST 2012

Hiro - There definitely seems to be a bug in Mailto when I use a mailto
web link to open a Sylpheed compose window and Sylpheed is *already
running* (3.1.4/3.2.0b7). With three browsers - Opera, Waterfox 12
(aka Firefox x64) and IE9 - Sylpheed does not respond at all, i.e.,
there is not even a change of focus.  I don't know where the problem is,
but those three browsers definitely have no problem opening a compose
window in Thunderbird when it's running.

- Sylpheed only opens a compose window from the mailto weblink when it
is not already running (Michael A. Puls II, the person who responded to
my posts, reports that he has the compose window working in all
conditions, looking at his registry entries his Sylpheed install seems
to be nonstandard - or at least not what Sylpheed is installing in the
registry here (HKEY_USER\Software\Classes\...).  

- The default Sylpheed install does not place a registry entry that
Opera recognizes as its mailto default.  Thus, the user has to
manually enter the following path for a compose window: 
C:\Program Files (x86) \Sylpheed\sylpheed.exe -compose mailto:%t
This is the command that worked until recently and it still works when
Sylpheed is closed (or appears to). 

- The Thunderbird install places a registry entry that Opera recognizes
as the default; the user can also add a manual entry, such as the
following, which works (compose window): 
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe -compose

- Here's a link to two screenshots in Opera preferences of the
mailto settings window for Sylpheed and Thunderbird:
http://tinypic.com/a/2rqyw/1.  Note in the Sylpheed one that even
though Sylpheed is then set as default in Windows, Opera still sees
Thunderbird as the default application.  Without Thunderbird installed,
Opera would just show a generic mail handling protocol path in there.  

- the problem occurs whether or not Sylpheed or Thunderbird are
designated as the default mail and mailto program in Windows 7 Default
Programs. The only thing that is necessary is the mailto path in the

Gene Goldenfeld

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