Last Comment Bug 320255 - Firefox should clear the error page for a tab/window if a download is started from that tab
: Firefox should clear the error page for a tab/window if a download is started...
Status: NEW
Product: Core
Classification: Components
Component: Document Navigation (show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: Andrew Overholt [:overholt]
: 383288 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2005-12-14 08:08 PST by Gervase Markham [:gerv]
Modified: 2009-08-22 10:35 PDT (History)
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Description User image Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2005-12-14 08:08:16 PST
Steps to reproduce:

- Try and download a .exe file which doesn't exist from your webserver
- Get a "404 Not Found" page
- Press "Reload"
- Get another copy of the "404 Not Found" page (call this "point A")
- Put the .exe file on the webserver
- Reload the page

Result: Firefox silently downloads the .exe file, but the 404 page remains. This scenario is indistinguishable from point A - i.e. it's the same as if the file were still absent.

Expected: page goes back to looking like about:blank, Download dialog comes up, or anything that might tell you that Firefox is in fact doing something and that the file is now there.

This hit me when I was trying to get some access controls right. I was fiddling and fiddling, and still seemed to gett a 404. Then I looked in my Download directory, and found five copies of the file!

Comment 1 User image :Gavin Sharp [email:] 2005-12-14 08:34:21 PST
Is this only a problem when is false?
Comment 2 User image Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2005-12-15 01:28:12 PST
I'm not sitting at the relevant computer right now; I'd need to check. The answer is probably "sort of" - in that, if that value was true, you would get a download manager, but the browser window would still contain incorrect information, which is bad.

Comment 3 User image :Gavin Sharp [email:] 2005-12-15 06:25:02 PST
What should the window contain after the download starts? about:blank?
Comment 4 User image Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2005-12-15 06:29:18 PST
about:blank would be a reasonable choice. Another option would be a "File download in progress" message. Just something non-misleading.

Comment 5 User image :Gavin Sharp [email:] 2005-12-15 07:32:11 PST
The "file downloading in progress" indication is given by the download manager, which by default appears when a download starts, so this really is an edge case...

Given that, I think "Firefox should clear the error page for a tab/window if a download is started from that tab" would be a better summary, do you agree?
Comment 6 User image Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2005-12-15 07:56:02 PST
OK :-)

Comment 7 User image James Ross 2005-12-15 07:58:55 PST
I don't know what you did to the summary there, but it was horribly broken.
Comment 8 User image Gervase Markham [:gerv] 2005-12-15 08:01:47 PST
Ook. I cut and pasted what you wrote, but only the second half appeared in the text box, so I pasted the first half in again.

Firefox 1.5 final input line bug. :-(

Comment 9 User image James Ross 2005-12-15 08:07:00 PST
I bet you're on Linux, as you had an embedded newline in the summary (which caused FF 1.0.7/Win here to truncate the text in the input at the newline). Fun stuff.
Comment 10 User image Ed Lee :Mardak 2007-06-15 23:49:17 PDT
*** Bug 383288 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 User image Shad Sterling 2007-06-16 08:18:17 PDT
I've had this occur with "Show the downloads window when downloading a file" true.

The response page should be helpful even when it's false; I'd like to see an info page showing the download URL, and the same controls as in the download manager for each file, including a link to open the file which would be disabled until the file is complete, as well as a link to the download manager itself.

I think if I was new to the issue and saw about:blank, I wouldn't think it had started downloading.

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