typing an application name in the location bar doesn't launch the app




10 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: rcampbell, Unassigned)


Mac OS X
Bug Flags:
blocking-firefox3.5 -

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [snarkfest][loldietrich][icanhaspony?])



10 years ago
I tried typing "telephone" in the location bar and expected the app to launch, but instead, it just did a google search for telephone.

Steps to reproduce:

1: Launch Firefox
2. Type an application name in the Location Bar (aka The Awesomebar)
3. hit enter

Expected results:
The application should launch

Actual results:
I got a google search results page. Depending on the search and the contents of the awesomebar, you might get taken to a webpage.
Uhm, since when is the location bar supposed to launch applications for users? I think that would be unexpected behavior.
Flags: blocking-firefox3.5-
Severity: normal → enhancement

Comment 2

10 years ago
(In reply to comment #1)
> Uhm, since when is the location bar supposed to launch applications for users?
> I think that would be unexpected behavior.

Since I tried typing an application in the location bar thinking I was in Spotlight, I guess.


Comment 3

10 years ago
Spotlight didn't launch a google search either ...  Some webbrowsesr really want to take over the enite operating system, but we're not there yet.

Comment 4

10 years ago
can we file bugs on spotlight here? If so, I'd like webpages I type in Spotlight to show up in Firefox. Also, it'd be nice if I could search my bookmarks from spotlight. These should probably be in a separate bug(s).

Comment 5

10 years ago
I should have added a <sarcasm> tag ...

But if you insists, see bug 293323.

Comment 6

10 years ago
voted up. It goes nicely with the keychain bug 106400.

I'll confess, I meant this bug to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I won't be sad if this gets resolved wontfix.

Comment 7

10 years ago
I wanted a pony, so I typed "pony" in the awesomebar. I did not get a pony, just some links to some athletic clothing company and some _pictures_ of ponies.

I still want a pony, but I don't want a bug.



10 years ago
Whiteboard: [snarkfest][wontfix?]
This probably belongs in Shell Integration...


10 years ago
Flags: blocking-firefox3.5- → blocking-firefox3.5?
Not blocking. Still.
Flags: blocking-firefox3.5? → blocking-firefox3.5-
made a proof-of-concept extension that does this: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11378

Comment 11

10 years ago
should add ~/Applications as well if it exists.

This works surprisingly well. Nice!


10 years ago
Whiteboard: [snarkfest][wontfix?] → [snarkfest][wontfix?][loldietrich]

Comment 12

10 years ago
also, doesn't work for apps inside folders. e.g., Photoshop\ CS3/Photoshop.app
Whiteboard: [snarkfest][wontfix?][loldietrich] → [snarkfest][wontfix?][loldietrich][icanhaspony?]
This is WONTFIX in core. Definitely should be in an extension, or as a feature in FirefoxOS a1.
Last Resolved: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Whiteboard: [snarkfest][wontfix?][loldietrich][icanhaspony?] → [snarkfest][loldietrich][icanhaspony?]
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