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Send Email from Nautilus using Thunderbird September 15, 2006

Posted by Carthik in applications, guides, ubuntu.
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Right clicking on a file on your desktop, or from anywhere in nautilus gives you a “Send To…” option. This enables you to send the file via email using Evolution.

If you use Thunderbird as your mail app, then you certainly want the file to be sent using Thunderbird, but making this change is not so easy. Changing the default email reader in System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications to Thunderbird should fix this, but since we don’t yet live in an ideal world, it doesn’t.

It looks like nautilus’ preference for Evolution as the mail client to use for the right-click-send-to comes hard-coded in the nautilus send-to plugin, and this plugin is installed on your Ubuntu computer. This nautilus send-to bug has already been noted.

To choose Thunderbird as the app to be used for “Send to…” you will need to use the instructions at Thunderbird support for nautilus send-to.

As a bonus, here’s the page listing all of Thunderbird’s command line options – for when you want to send a file from a command prompt.

(Though I had to solve the above problem with Thunderbird recently for a friend, I am a recent sylpheed-claws-gtk convert. It is absolutely the fastest and best email client I have come across till date.)

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1. Colin - September 15, 2006

Hi,

Glad to see you switched to Sylpheed-Claws, I’m one of its developers 🙂
Concerning nautilus-sendto, I’ve been annoyed by the Evolution hardcoding too, and found this upstream bug : http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=337559
(Remember what the last medium for sending was)

I wrote a patch to implement that, and it’s in their CVS.

2. ubuntonista - September 15, 2006

Hey Colin! Thanks for Sylpheed claws! How does your patch enable me to select Sylpheed? To have it remember the tool I selected the last time, I first have to be able to select Sylpheed once – how do I do that?

3. Colin - September 15, 2006

Ah, they added Sylpheed-Claws support in version 0.7, maybe you don’t have this one already. I think Dapper ships with 0.5. I use their latest CVS, ‘checkinstall’ed.

4. Colin - September 15, 2006

Here’s an i386 package of their CVS, if it can be of some use:
http://colino.net/tmp/nst-cvs/

5. beza1e1 - September 15, 2006

I switched to Sylpheed Claws today, too. Funny thing. It came up with a four or five year old configuration back from my Gentoo days. Cheerio!

6. ak74 - September 15, 2006

Is there a chance there would be something like this for GMail users?

7. ulisse - September 15, 2006

you can easily use Nautilus-Actions:
http://www.grumz.net/index.php?q=taxonomy/term/2/9&PHPSESSID=335bd8b745b218efe5b81b60a5a37628

with this action:
http://www.grumz.net/?q=node/232

I think that maybe it could be possible to write an action for Gmail too, it should be an easy job for a Google’s API expert..

8. Never Tell… » Blog Archive » links for 2006-09-18 - September 19, 2006

[…] Thunderbird integration for Nautilus sendto plugin via Ubuntu blog: https://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2006/09/15/send-email-from-nautilus-using-thunderbird/ “a simple library to add thuderbird to the sendto list of nautilus” (tags: tech ubuntu linux) […]

9. mantly phu - September 20, 2006

oh that is good

10. fwf - May 31, 2007

I am unable to download and install any program; adobe, realplayer, etc., much less e-mail. I had windows 98 with viruses and bad programs so i retained a computer service store to wipe my hard drive clean. I originally wanted WindowsXP installed, but the owner of this store talked me into ubuntu, saying I would love it. Well, the opposite is true. This Linux piece of crap is computer owner unfriendly and frankly, you have to be a computer engineer to figure out how to do anything with it. All the programs I have attempted to download, ubuntu has treated them like foreign programs. I cannot find ubuntu support anywhere. I am so unhappy right now, I have reported this service store to the better business bureau. singed, an unhappy camper.

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Hey Colin! Thanks for Sylpheed claws! How does your patch enable me to select Sylpheed? To have it remember the tool I selected the last time, I first have to be able to select Sylpheed once – how do I do that?

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