User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20100423 Ubuntu/10.04 (lucid) Firefox/3.6.3
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:184.108.40.206) 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.
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.
The drop is ignored.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.amazon.com/, http://www.mozilla.org/, or http://www.google.com/ favicon to a folder yields an error dialog:
"Failed to launch operation. Invalid argument."
Dragging the http://www.iana.org/domains/example/ 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.
Problem still exists with Firefox 6.0.
*** Bug 589722 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
there may be a code relation with bug 625063
I see this problem on Windows as well and have a patch that fixes it. I will upload one shortly.
Sorry, I spoke too soon. The patch that I have fixes dragging the URL, not the favicon.
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."
Just so nobody thinks this bug is stale:
Problem still exists in Firefox 41.0.2.