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Firefox won't retain default browser status

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I'm using - System: Kernel: 5.4.0-89-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 9.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 5.0.6

          wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 20.2 Uma base: Ubuntu 20.04 focal 

In Linux Mint System Settings Firefox is the default web browser. That is also confirmed on the command line. Firefox is version 94.0 for Linux.

In Firefox/Settings/General/Startup - "Firefox is not your default browser" is always bold. When I click "Make Default" it just checks "Always check if Firefox is your default browser". If I leave that checked and close and open Firefox the warning that Firefox is not the default always appears. This is causing issues opening links from other software. How do I get Firefox to retain default status? Linux Mint thinks it is the default already.

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Try downloading Firefox, run it from the folder and then make it Default to see what happens.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release

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What's set in your system settings Default Application? see screenshot

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It was already set to Firefox. I installed Chromium and can set it as a default in Linux. In Firefox itself the "Make Default" only checks "Always check if Firefox is your default browser". It doesn't impact the default setting.

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Try downloading Firefox, run it from the folder and then make it Default to see what happens.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release

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The version in the folder that I downloaded is 94.0.1. The version in Software Manager is 94.0. I also tried Flatpak and that one didn't work either.

The version in the folder works. In the 94.0.1 version when I opened the Firefox settings and clicked to make Firefox the default I got the happy face in Firefox and the Linux system updated the default browser. However when I clicked on the email link it opened Chromium even thought the 94.0.1 shows up as default in the system. Hopefully, the version available to Software Manager will get updated.

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