Xubuntu 11.10 asks for default browser and there's only one

Asked by Stephen Morris on 2012-04-02

This is a variant to question 179551
I have exactly one browser installed, yet when I click on web-browser in the menu, it asks which one.
It offers chromium-browser and other. I choose chromium. Later in chromium, it tell's me it's not the default browser and asks if I want to change it. I say yes. The next session the whole thing starts over.

I tried update-alternatives with this command:
 sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser

The error return is:
There is only one alternative in link group x-www-browser: /usr/bin/chromium-browser
Nothing to configure.

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sudo apt-get --reinstall install chromium-browser

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Maarten Jacobs (maarten256) said : #2

Same question as 179551...

I actually opened a bug on this a while back...

#902661 Chromium unsets preferred webbrowser (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/chromium-browser/+bug/902661)

It contains a work-around for the problem - use XUbuntu system setting to select your default webbrowser (i.e. Chromium) but do NOT set Chromium to default browser in Chromium itself. As a matter of fact, tell Chromium to stop checking whether it's the default or not and let XUbuntu System Settings handle the default selection...

Works for me...

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