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Changing the "default" web-browser

Debian 'sarge', 2.4.26 kernel, Gnome-desktop 2.8
e-mail client: Thunderbird version 1.0 (20050116)
web browser: Preferred=Mozilla Firefox Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20050110 Firefox/1.0 (Debian package 1.0+dfsg.1-2)

I _have_ set my "Preferences->Advanced->Preferred Applications" for web-browser to "firefox." However, everytime I click an http link in Thunderbird, Mozilla (the total platform) launches. I would uninstall it -- I have before; however, there are a few dependencies I'm loathe to break.

OBTW, those dependencies could probably be changed to some virtual package like "gekko-browser" provided be either Mozilla or Firefox.

However, my immediate question is: how do I convince Gnome to launch firefox when I ask for an 'http' link?

David A. Cobb, Software Engineer, Public Access Advocate
"By God's Grace, I am a Christian man; by my actions a great sinner." -- The Way of a Pilgrim: R.French, Tr.
Life is too short to tolerate crappy software!

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