Attempting to open SWF file opens infinitely many tabs (depending on Download Actions settings)

RESOLVED INCOMPLETE

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Firefox
File Handling
RESOLVED INCOMPLETE
11 years ago
8 years ago

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(Reporter: Jano Pomik, Unassigned)

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(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-15])

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Description

11 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv:1.8.1.9) Gecko/20071025 Firefox/2.0.0.9

Problem description of: Continuous output of extra tab windows in Firefox.

I have a Windows XP system Home edition English version with all the latest updates automatically downloaded via fast internet link from Microsoft web site.  I am using the PC in Czech Republic and had installed and was using on my computer Firefox 2.0.0.6. cz Czech edition, in addition to Internet Explorer.

In Tools options Options, Content, File types, I have configured under Manage …Download Actions for SWF type files to be "Save them on my computer", changed from the Open with ShokwaveFlash original action.

Later another day on 4.11.2007, when I started the Firefox, an automatic update of the Firefox was offered and I allowed the update to proceed. Then I wanted to play a Flash game (SWF file type) residing in my local directory. The game did not start of course but got "downloaded" (download manager window popped up). So I remembered that I should change the action  for the file type SWF back to  Open with ShokwaveFlash, which I did. Upon restart of the flash game (double clicking, as I have SWF type associated in XP to open in Firefox) the Firefox started to create a continuous sequence of empty tab windows as if I was pressing repeatedly CTRL key on the keyboard and clicking on an URL link in a web page. I could not stop this mad behavior except by terminating the Firefox process (CTR+ALT+DELETE …).

I have subsequently uninstalled the Firefox via Control panel, deleted leftovers under Program files directory and restarted the computer, and downloaded new version of Firefox 2.0.0.9 English (US), and installed it and run it. Checked first that setting is for SWF file types in Download Actions: Open with ShokwaveFlash, closed Firefox, and then started (double clicked) a SWF game situated on my computer. Firefox started but the problem appeared again, and continuous output of tabbed windows was being generated and I had to terminate the Firefox process. The appearance of the problem is independent of the flash game and installed version of Firefox.

Later, I had installed further small upgrade of the Firefox 2.0.0.9 which I was offered after re-install of the new Firefox . This upgrade seems to have reset the option "do this action automatically for files like this from now on …" in Firefox. So upon start of a flash game (and with it of the Firefox) a window entitled "Opening somegame.swf" with a question What should I do with this file?, pops up. If I confirm the option Open with ShockwaveFlash, then a new blank window pops up together with the "Opening somegame.swf" window again and so on. If I were to enable the automatic action, then the Firefox would get into a loop, opening new blank tab windows on and on and on.

The problem is probably somewhere in the settings, maybe in registry, which new version of Firefox inherits from the old version. If that is so then your uninstallation routine does not work properly either, as it leaves garbage behind somewhere, maybe old settings, which then effect functioning of the newly re-installed Firefox.

I can use Firefox normally when accessing internet and even play flash games on-line. I can run flash games stored locally on my PC (SWF type) normally in Internet Explorer.

Please fix the bug.
Good luck

Jano Pomik


Reproducible: Always

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Comment 1

11 years ago
Uninstalling doesn't remove your profile (so you don't loose bookmarks, settings, etc ...), which explains why the problem exists after a reinstall.

See <http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox> how to find your profile. Maybe you need to create a new profile, and migrate your bookmarks but not your settings.
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Comment 2

11 years ago
Thanks for the advice Jo. Creating a new profile and deleting the old one fixed the problem.

Jano(In reply to comment #1)
> Uninstalling doesn't remove your profile (so you don't loose bookmarks,
> settings, etc ...), which explains why the problem exists after a reinstall.
> See <http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox> how to find your
> profile. Maybe you need to create a new profile, and migrate your bookmarks but
> not your settings.

Comment 3

11 years ago
Is setting the action for SWF files to "Open with ShokwaveFlash" enough to make the bug appear again?
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Comment 4

11 years ago
(In reply to comment #3)
> Is setting the action for SWF files to "Open with ShokwaveFlash" enough to make
> the bug appear again?

Initially the action for SWF files was "Open with ShockwaveFlash" then "Save them on my computer" and then, after setting this action back to "Open with ShockwaveFlash", the problem appeared. Now, after creating a new Firefox profile the problem is gone and the action for SWF files is set to "Open with ShockwaveFlash", the way I set it before the new profile was created. I have not tried to reproduce the fault again by setting the action for SWF files to "Save them on my computer", then start locally SWF game and then set the action back to "Open with ShockwaveFlash", in order to see if it happens again with my new profile. There is no point, as if it is a bug inherent in Firefox, then it should be reproducible on your computer too. So please go ahead and try it.

Jano


Updated

11 years ago
Component: Tabbed Browser → File Handling
QA Contact: tabbed.browser → file.handling

Updated

11 years ago
Summary: continuos output of extra tab windows → Attempting to open SWF file opens infinitely many tabs (depending on Download Actions settings)
This bug was reported using Firefox 3.0 or older, which is no longer supported. The bug has also not been changed in over 500 days and is still in UNCO.
Reporter, please retest this bug in Firefox 3.6.10 or later using a fresh profile, http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/managing+profiles. If you still see this problem, please update the bug. If you no longer see the bug, please set the resolution to RESOLVED, WORKSFORME.

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Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2010-11-15]
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.12 or later and a new profile (http://support.mozilla.com/kb/Managing+profiles). If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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