When opening nautilus from the download manager, a desktop is created




Downloads API
13 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: Philip Nelson, Unassigned)


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13 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050517 Firefox/1.0.4 (Debian package 1.0.4-2)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050517 Firefox/1.0.4 (Debian package 1.0.4-2)

As I understand it, firefox looks to gconf settings for the default file manager
which is nautilus 99% of the time. The problem is that nautilus is a desktop
manager as well as a file browser. For those of us running a different
environment than gnome, you need to kill nautilus manually if you know to do it
and your system is still running. Others have reported that their system becomes
unstable or that the gdm get's killed. 

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start an alternate window manager and desktop, say fluxbox and rox-filer
2. Open firefox
3. Open the download manager

Actual Results:  
in most cases your desktop and window manager will have been replaced

Expected Results:  
If nautilus was the file manager it should have opened with the --no-desktop
option. It should have opened in the "browser" mode used for browsing the file

Talking this over with others in our users list (agnula users list) I think the
best option would be to do this:

- if you must default to nautilus, use the --no-desktop option. There are
workarounds that involve changing nautilus defaults to not manage the desktop
but this changes the default behavior of gnome.

- expose the file manager command vi about:config. Perhaps the first time it's
used, pop up a dialog informing the user of the default and giving them an
option to change it.
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Last Resolved: 12 years ago
Resolution: --- → EXPIRED


10 years ago
Product: Firefox → Toolkit
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