I have set Seamonkey as default browser within Seamonkey and under preferred applications.

Yet apps that have a help section always use Firefox to go to their help website.

Any way to stop that?

$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
There is only one alternative in link group `x-www-browser`
(providing `/usr/bin/x-www-browser`): `/usr/bin/firefox`.
Nothing to configure. 
  • Ubuntu-Mate 16.04 LTS Xenial
  • Mate Desktop

Update in response to request:

update-alternatives --get-selections | grep -i browser
gnome-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox  infobrowser auto
/usr/bin/info  x-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox
  • Complaints regarding moderation do not belong inside a question; I removed it. If this is marked as a duplicate take it up at Meta ( meta.askubuntu.com ) if you disagree. By the way: BUGS are also off topic.
    – Rinzwind
    Jan 29, 2018 at 15:45
  • What does update-alternatives --get-selections | grep -i browser show?
    – DK Bose
    Jan 29, 2018 at 16:10
  • update-alternatives --get-selections | grep -i browser gnome-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox infobrowser auto /usr/bin/info x-www-browser auto /usr/bin/firefox
    – fixit7
    Jan 29, 2018 at 16:46
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    @fixit7 Please, when providing additional info related to your question, edit the question rather than posting it as a comment. This allows someone reading the question to see all info in one place. I have done that for you here.
    – jpezz
    Jan 29, 2018 at 17:24
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    duplicates as defined here on Stack Exchange are not necessarily by the same author, but as per Messages to close voters in questions: are they OK? and precedent it is acceptable to make a comment in your post as to why it is not a duplicate, for example, the answers to the suggested post do not solve your problem. How did you install Seamonkey?
    – Zanna
    Jan 29, 2018 at 21:21

1 Answer 1



I kept plugging away and trying different things.

I found a fix.

I used this

gksu synaptic-pkexec

instead of


Now when I click on Visit homepage within synaptic, it uses Seamonkey instead of Firefox.

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