The 'items to install' box only has two options: 'Install' and 'Cancel'. There should also be a 'Save file as...' option. This is important, since there is a file on x.themes.org (Mozbilla theme) which has a .xpi file, which is actually a renamed .zip file. (See the comments attached to that theme). People should also have a chance to review downloaded .xpi files before committing to install them.
workaround: You can still right click on the click and save/as. But this is definatly an issue, but not major, remarking to normal, and confirming.
Right clicking doesn't work on x.themes.org, because the install is triggered by pressing on a button.
This is something we wanted to do, but will not likely have time in the near future. The UI might be a little tricky because that dialog actually supports multiple downloads at once. Should the "Save As..." button only apply to a selected package? Should the modal file-save dialog come up once for each file on the list? Unfortunately marking "Future" for now, but I *will* look at it after I'm done with 6.0 (i.e. probably in time for "Mozilla 1.0"). Meanwhile I'll flag this as helpwanted, and CC Blake in case he's interested. I do not apologize, however, for doing the wrong thing if someone masquerades a plain zip archive as a .xpi file, just as no one in their right mind would expect an mp3 file to work if it were given a .gif extension and MIME type.
Yes, I understand what you are saying about renaming zip files to xpi files. However, I still think people should be given a chance to look at what they are installing before they install it. Perhaps you could pop up a dialog(ue) saying something like "Packages may contain multiple files - please choose a directory to download them into", and then let them just pick a directory and download all the files into it.
I don't want to arbitrarily unpack .xpi files: the way the files end up on disk after the installscript runs may have little to do with the structure in the archive. I think the ability to download the file as-is for people to examine using their own zip tools is a fine idea, leaving the install package intact so they can run it later if they are happy with how it looks.
Yes I agree, but I thought you said there were multiple files. If there is only one file, it should be downloaded normally as you suggest.
I meant that a web page can install several packages at once, for example a Mozilla update page might launch browser.xpi, mail.xpi and chatzilla.xpi all at once, so the dialog would show those three items. If you clicked "Save As..." we'd have to show three separate save dialogs. Another option might be to only let you select the destination directory and preserve the file name (do we have such a directory picker dialog already? I don't want to have to write it ourselves), perhaps giving people a "Do you want to overwrite?" prompt if a file with that name exists and bring up the standard file save dialog only if they cancel from that. Hm, that flow wouldn't be too bad. That leaves the question of how does the user cause those files to act as an installer now that they're local. Since we're based on MIME types I don't think you can click on a local file and have it launch as an install. It would be nice it if did, though.
Well, people should be told that if they download files then they won't be able to install them. I would expect only advanced users would choose to do that anyway, so I don't see it being a problem.
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Shortened summary to fit in the box and on query lists without truncation.
I was going to submit a separate bug for Mac, but found this one and will add my comments here. At least on Win and Linux, there is a "Save Link As" right-button option, so a .xpi can be saved that way. No such option on Mac, and the popup that worked in 4.x isn't working on 6.0. Also in 4.x, one simply could drag it to the desktop.
The right-click "Save link" option only works if you can get a direct link to the .xpi file. If the install is launched via a button's onClick handler this may be hard to get to. If there's a missing menu option on the Mac is has nothing to do with XPInstall and would affect any file type. You *should* file a separate bug for that.
Looked into this further and found that control-click on a file name will display the Mac context menu in 6.0, which includes "Save Link as" option. Files can be saved that way. The 4.x time delay method for making the menu appear no longer works. As for dragging the file to the desktop, Mac behavior is now the same as Windows which saves the link to the file.
Voting for this bug. The problem with the mozbilla theme is really irritating. Re: installing xpi packages locally (from "Additional Comments From email@example.com 2000-08-10 14:58") , it can be done. I regularly download talkback.xpi at home and install it off my local HDD since XPInstall sucks over a modem connection.
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As a trivial and quick workaround I suggest to put the URI in a readonly edit box so at least you can copy that URI and download it with wget or what ever. See also my bug #164320 which has just been marked dupe.
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Comment #20 is now implemented with the new UI for installing extensions. you now get the URI which you can copy and put in your external download manager. So its better than it was, but still a button would be pretty nice.
This seems like a good potential feature -- I was just wishing for something like this in Firefox 3/3.5. It'd be useful for third-party extensions that might only offer the XPI if it's requested via a form, and reject URL copying/pasting like the current workaround.