Open with for attachment does not allow me to assign a program manually - it offers only a browse feature

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11 years ago
7 years ago

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(Reporter: arunvragh, Unassigned)

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Description

11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv:1.8.1.5) Gecko/20070718 BonEcho/2.0.0.5
Build Identifier: version 2.0.0.5 (20070720)

If I want to open a Excel file I should be allowed to use the open with feature and also assign a program like say scalc without having to browse for it. Even if I do that it does not accept. This is more a feature request.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Double click on attachment
2 [review].Dialog box offers only (Open with ) (Save to) options
3.Open with has only browse feature - no box where I can enter the name of the program
4.When I use Edit- preferences-attachments and try to assign a specific program it does not accept- the ok button after assigning the program refuses to close the box. only cancel does it and i is not assigned.
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Updated

11 years ago
Version: unspecified → 2.0

Comment 1

8 years ago
I think that is why "Gnome Open" has been created, in order to have a workaround to this problem on Linux.
From my point of view, Thunderbird should simply not ask with which application open a file and just use the default gnome (or other desktop environment) application.

Link: https://addons.mozilla.org/fr/thunderbird/addon/12523/

Comment 2

8 years ago
That's all fine and dandy for attachment types that have only one application to open them, but some, like image files for example have multiple viewers, each with their own pros can cons and there is also the option that one might want to open an image file for editing with the gimp for example.

AFAICT, gnome-open only opens with the default application registered, and does not give any option to use any other of the applications registered with gnome for a file type.

Gnome Open would be much more useful if it popped up a menu of all of the applications registered (only if >1 obviously) rather than always just selecting the "primary" application.
This bug is not very actionable at present, because information in comment 0 isn't very clear, which is why it can't be confirmed.
It needs updated, detailed STR with Actual Results and Expected Results.
It may need disentangling of a bug part (comment 0, step 4) and an enhancement part (comment 0, step 3), at least one of which needs a new bug. For the enhancement part, please provide UI details (detailed description, mockup screenshots, add-on with the desired functionality etc.).
I'm not on Linux, so I can't help.

Comment 4

7 years ago
(In reply to Thomas D. from comment #3)
> This bug is not very actionable at present, because information in comment 0
> isn't very clear,

What's not clear?  Surely you must use thunderbird yes?  And surely you must have occasion to open an attachment in an e-mail (if you've never gotten an attachment you had to open tell me your e-mail address and I will send you one).

It's the dialog that opens when you ask to open at attachment that is being referred to here, and it's the lack of general usability of that dialog and mime-type handling in general that's being discussed here.

> It needs updated, detailed STR with Actual Results and Expected Results.

Seriously?  How much more clear can this be made?

1. Receive e-mail (with attachment)
2. Double click attachment
3 [review]. Observe dialog that asks how one wants to open said attachment

Expected Results:
I have flexibility in how I view the attachment, including a text input box where I can type the name of a program to use, if it's not already available in the list of programs.

Actual results:
A very limited (i.e. one only) option to view an attachment with an alternative to go "browse" (which is typically a very tedious task) for a program.

> It may need disentangling of a bug part (comment 0, step 4) and an
> enhancement part (comment 0, step 3),

Or why not just go fix the whole dialog and mime-handling all at once since they are so related?

> at least one of which needs a new bug.
> For the enhancement part, please provide UI details (detailed description,
> mockup screenshots, add-on with the desired functionality etc.).

See how Gnome does it.  Specifically Evolution.

> I'm not on Linux, so I can't help.

I'm confused why you are asking for more information about this issue then if you don't plan to actually work on it.  Or maybe you plan to assign out the work?  Surely you are not here just asking for clarifications (that IMHO are not really needed for anyone actually familiar with opening attachments) that are not going to actually go anywhere, right?
I have addressed the inappropriateness of comment 4 in a private mail.
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