Last Comment Bug 568960 - dragging the favicon from the location bar fails to create a desktop/shortcut file in the target folder
: dragging the favicon from the location bar fails to create a desktop/shortcut...
Status: NEW
: regression
Product: Firefox
Classification: Client Software
Component: Location Bar (show other bugs)
: 3.6 Branch
: x86 Linux
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Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
: Marco Bonardo [::mak]
: 589722 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2010-05-28 14:38 PDT by Forest
Modified: 2015-11-10 01:52 PST (History)
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Description User image Forest 2010-05-28 14:38:26 PDT
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100423 Ubuntu/10.04 (lucid) Firefox/3.6.3
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20100423 Ubuntu/10.04 (lucid) Firefox/3.6.3

In previous versions of Firefox, I could drag the favicon from the left side of the address bar to a file manager window, and it would create a .desktop shortcut in the right folder.  This no longer works.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open a folder in Thunar (or any GUI file manager).
2. Open a web page in Firefox.
3. Drag the favicon from the address bar and drop it on the folder window.
Actual Results:  
The drop is ignored.

Expected Results:  
A .desktop shortcut file should have been created in the target folder.

This worked fine in Firefox 3.5.  Upgrading to 3.6 seems to have broken it.

I was unable to find an existing bug report for this particular behavior with the favicon, but I did find bug 478070 which concerns dragging the address bar text.
Comment 1 User image Dave Garrett 2010-05-29 14:39:33 PDT
Works fine for me using Firefox 3.6.3 (Mozilla build) on Kubuntu 10.04 with Dolphin 1.4 in KDE SC 4.4.2.

You could try Firefox safe mode or a new profile to see if it's an addon or setting that's interfering somehow:

Could also be a bug in Ubuntu's build or something GNOME related.
Comment 2 User image Forest 2010-05-29 14:47:53 PDT
I tried it with a fresh profile, and it still didn't work.  Perhaps this feature was broken only for certain file managers?  I'm using Thunar from Xfce.  Like I said, it worked fine in previous versions of Firefox.
Comment 3 User image Forest 2011-08-16 13:13:44 PDT
I eventually found a workaround for Firefox 3.6: highlight the URL in the address bar, then drag the highlighted URL to the target folder.  However, that workaround no longer works in Firefox 5.0.

I am now using XUbuntu Natty.  This is still a problem, though the behavior is different in Firefox 5.  It differs from site to site.

Dragging the,, or favicon to a folder yields an error dialog:
"Failed to launch operation. Invalid argument."

Dragging the favicon to a folder creates a file in that folder that contains html, presumably copied from the web site.

This is with a new profile on a new installation of XUbuntu Natty.
Comment 4 User image Forest 2011-08-17 11:34:35 PDT
Problem still exists with Firefox 6.0.
Comment 5 User image Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2011-08-31 07:15:09 PDT
*** Bug 589722 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 User image Marco Bonardo [::mak] 2011-08-31 07:15:48 PDT
there may be a code relation with bug 625063
Comment 7 User image Jared Wein [:jaws] (please needinfo? me) 2012-04-04 10:23:30 PDT
I see this problem on Windows as well and have a patch that fixes it. I will upload one shortly.
Comment 8 User image Jared Wein [:jaws] (please needinfo? me) 2012-04-04 10:25:08 PDT
Sorry, I spoke too soon. The patch that I have fixes dragging the URL, not the favicon.
Comment 9 User image ThePowerTool_SC 2013-07-04 09:34:03 PDT
I installed a fresh Fedora 18 system and updated.  Using Gnome everything worked as expected.  I then installed XFCE and experienced this problem.

Under Gnome: Dragging site icon to files created a .desktop link which could then be dragged into a browser to load a URL.

Under XFCE:  Dragging site icon to files creates a .html and is spurious, as ctrl-u displays HTML and allows saving of html, given the common usage and expectation is creation of a link file (.desktop).

Is this a problem with Firefox?  Is anyone working it?  From the previous post in 2012 it looks like it was assigned back to "nobody."
Comment 10 User image Forest 2015-11-09 10:09:55 PST
Just so nobody thinks this bug is stale:
Problem still exists in Firefox 41.0.2.

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