User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 I am a software developer. I do internets. I would like all of my clients to drop IE amd use Firefox. At present they cannot. Normally the server does all of the work. Sometimes I need to activate a process on a cient's PC. I do this by providing a download with a unique extension, .SAR, for example. The download contains instrcutions for what must be done. I have an EXE application assocaited with the file type but Firefox will not launch the application. In the "Tools"-"Downloads"-"File Types" section there is a list of file types which will auto-run but there is no way of adding to this list. However, if you have several hundred clients it would be a pain to have to manually add an extension on each computer. (You might have to travell hundreds of miles.) At present using IE the client can click on an EXE download which installes the EXE and enables the auto-download. How can I write an EXE to achive the same thing for Firefox? installing the extension in the PC's registry and setting the browserflags setting so that it downloads without confirmation and activates the assocaited EXE passing the location of the downloaded Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: N/A
PS My comments are not intended to be in any way offensive. I think that FireFox is excellent. And I can see and appreciate all of the time, trouble and pain that the many people envolved with this project have endured on our behalf.
Please do not implement anything that enables a server to start processes (with root privileges) on my computer, for the Mac. Are you looking for an equivalent of Active X? Would a Remote XUL application do this job? Are you wanting to do remote installs, if so look at xpi, (or rsync for a non-browser solution)? Are you wanting to control your clients' computers, if so look at VNC? I may have missed the point, but this does not seem to be a vital part of web browser (client) ... Have you ever found IE to have security problems ...
Summary: Cannot use Firefox beaucse I need do add custom file extension handlers. → Cannot use Firefox because I need do add custom file extension handlers.
If the server provides a download with an extension of say .xyz I want the application that has been associated with xyz to start running. In IE the download is saved to the temporary Internet folder and your application is started being passed the file name as a parameter. What FireFox should do is: 1) Open the registry "HKEY Classes route" key for the file extension say ".sar" and get the class name of the handler for that extension example ".sar=SaracsResources.Start" 2) Open the handler registry key, which in this case is, "SaracsResource.Start" and obtain the values for: BrowserFlags and EditFlags If the BrowserFlags is set to 9 then IE will ask for a confirm download. If the flag is set to 8 no confirm download will be asked. If the EditFlags is set to 65536 IE will read the registry key to obtain the shell open command which in this case is: SaracsResource.Start\Shell\Open\Command= "r:\saracs\resource.exe" "/O" "%1" The application will then be activated subsituting the downloaded file name with the %1 on the command. If have included 2 file so that you can reproduce the problem: a) InstallSAR.Reg if you double click on this file it will setup the registry entries for a test. The normal application install creates these values in the registry but I have edited the application exe to call notepad.exe. If your windows is not in c:\\winnt you will need to edit tyhis entry. b) GetETR.SAR is a sample sar file. If you double click on this file it should open using notepad. c) I have places this GetETR.sar on one of my customer's web servers http://www.outdoorgear.co.uk/getetr.sar If you open this url with IE notepad is launched correctly. If you open using Firefox it ignores the EditFlags registry setting and display the file content. There is no security issue here becuase the Client has to download an installed which sets the browser & edit flags settings. And is only doen for specific file types. I hope this helps:~) Background information: I work for the company that does the travel arrangements for the F1 teams. The clients are using the browser to run an intranet. They also access other hosts as part of an Airline Resavation system using a special interface. The download is in fact lists of names. The application which starts running types the list of names into the special inteface, saving the staff hours of labour. --------------------------------------InstallSAR..reg Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.SAR] @="SaracsResources.Start" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start] @="Saracs Resources" "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000008 "EditFlags"=dword:00010000 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\DefaultIcon] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\",0" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\edit] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\edit\command] @="\"C:\\WINNT\\NOTEPAD.EXE\" \"%1\"" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\open] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\open\command] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\" \"/O\" \"%1\"" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\print] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\print\command] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\" \"/P\" \"%1\"" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\printto] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\printto\command] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\" \"/PT\" \"%1\" \"%2\" \"%3\" \"%4\" \"%5\" \"%6\"" ----------------------------GetETR.SAR GETETR This is an example of a SAR file.
I have modidied the registry file to work better with notepad.exe, use this file instead of the one posted earlier. --------------------------------------InstallSAR.reg Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.SAR] @="SaracsResources.Start" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start] @="Saracs Resources" "BrowserFlags"=dword:00000008 "EditFlags"=dword:00010000 [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\DefaultIcon] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\",0" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\open] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SaracsResources.Start\shell\open\command] @="\"c:\\winnt\\notepad.exe\" \"%1\""
Scratches head and thinks.....when I load the getetr.sar from the lan server (http://tp-server/getetr.sar), FireFox opens the file. When I download the same file from the remote server (http://www.outdoorgear.co.uk/getetr.sar) I get a download screen. Confusing?
I am not going to be of any real help. I don't do windows. Your problem sounds soluble with any scripting langauge (perl, python, applescript ...), or possibly Filemaker (with or without a plugin), but possibly I have a picture of it that omits some crucial step. It is possible that you are looking for Technical Support, in which case you will get faster and better service at a resource such as http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=27 .
i believe the problem is that the server is sending it as application/octet-stream [timeless@viper ~]$ HEAD http://www.outdoorgear.co.uk/getetr.sar|grep Type Content-Type: application/octet-stream change that to application/vnd.vipinertsoft.sar and setup [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type\application/vnd.vipinertsoft.sar] Extension=".sar" firefox might be more amenable to handling it then
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