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use system path to find helper app executables




File Handling
15 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: B. F., Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)




15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; FreeBSD i386; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20040104 Firebird/0.7
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; FreeBSD i386; en-US; rv:1.5) Gecko/20040104 Firebird/0.7

Why it is necessary do give the absolut path to (for example) xmms to open
*.mp3s with xmms. Firebird should use $PATH to search for the binarie, like it
is standard on unix und unix like systems.

It is annoying to search in /usr/bin for binaries like xmms.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:

Expected Results:  
It should be possible to say, that mp3s should be opened with xmms, without
giving the full path to the binary.
this is an issue mainly on *nix platforms, the filepicker is a cross-platform
solution, I'm not sure how practical it would be to try to expand this to use
PATH to find a match.
QA Contact: mconnor
Summary: absolut path for applications → use system path for executables


15 years ago
Summary: use system path for executables → use system path to find helper app executables

Comment 2

15 years ago
Confirming this as an enhancement request. Switching over to Linux, because it
would be more commonly used there, but of course should be available on FreeBSD too.

--> NEW, with the caveat that you shouldn't expect to see this implemented
anytime soon.
Ever confirmed: true
OS: FreeBSD → All
Hardware: PC → All

Comment 3

15 years ago
That should read switching over to All/All, because Windows/MacOS X could
benefit too. Thanks to timeless for pointing out my brain lag. :)

Comment 4

13 years ago
I don't see why Windows doesn't have %PATH% although Windows users may not know the name of the executable.

This is clearly benefitial since, in *nix, usually only those in $PATH are helper apps we will use.

Comment 5

13 years ago
Isn't it a duplicate of bug #56662 ?
Assignee: bugs → nobody
QA Contact: mconnor → download.manager


11 years ago
Component: Download Manager → File Handling
Product: Firefox → Core
QA Contact: download.manager → file-handling
Version: unspecified → Trunk


2 years ago
Component: File Handling → File Handling
Product: Core → Firefox
Version: Trunk → unspecified
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