User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 Firefox does not update browser.download.dir location when Windows' default location for the folder (C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Desktop) is changed. Firefox continues to download files by default to C:\Documents and Settings\[USER]\Desktop rather than the real Desktop folder that Windows uses. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Change the value for Desktop in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders] from its default to another location. 2. Launch Firefox 3. Download a file using the browser.download.dir (don't save as...) Actual Results: Firefox will download to browser.download.dir, as it is supposed to. However, since browser.download.dir is no longer the same as the value for Desktop in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders], the download does not appear on the real Windows Desktop folder. Expected Results: Firefox should recognize the registry edit. When the value for Desktop in [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders] is changed and if the value for browser.download.dir is still set to the default C:\Documents and Settings\<USER>\Desktop directory, then Firefox should realize that the real Desktop folder has been changed and update accordingly so that downloads saved to the "default" location show up on the Desktop the user sees rather than in C:\Documents and Settings\<USER>\Desktop. This could easily be argued from two standpoints: as a bug or as a user preference. In my opinion it is a bug, but to others, the status quo may be preferred. From a network administrator's standpoint, it is convenient to change users' Desktop folder to a server that is accessible to all computers. That way, a user can get his own personal Desktop on any workstation where he is logged in to the network. However, it is frustrating to this user that Firefox's downloads do not show up on the Desktop he sees. The user very likely will not know how to edit about:config or Tools > Options... > Downloads > Download Folder to reflect the network location of his Desktop. Even if he does realize the need for the change, it is likely that he either does not know the exact network location of his Desktop folder or doesn't have permission to browse there.
Summary: Default download directory doesn't update to changed registry value → browser.download.dir doesn't update to changed Explorer registry value
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there's a bug somewhere on using system variables to dictate pref values, until that happens there isn't a lot we can do. If on startup, desktop is set to path X, we'll expand that out and set the pref to a real value. If we didn't do that, it could be useful, but that's non-trivial. This is sort of a dupe, of course. additional note: in the network admin case, I would hope that he sets the paths before the users get the profiles, or how will the find the stuff already saved on their desktops? :)
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