Closed Bug 57423 Opened 20 years ago Closed 19 years ago
choosing one-off helper app should add that helper app to prefs
Steps to reproduce: Click on a link with a mime type for which no helper app exists (eg audio/mpegurl in a clean build) Select an application to view the item (eg /usr/X11R6/bin/xmms) Press ok (the application will correctly launch to view the item) Edit > Preferences > Helper applications Expected results: A mapping should exist from audio/mpegurl to /usr/X11R6/bin/xmms Actual results: There is still no mapping for audio/mpegurl Of course, this is an RFE - it's perfectly valid behavior to treat the user's selection as a once-off, but having the option for the other behavior would be useful. One way to achieve this would be an "always use this program to open files of this type" checkbox (wording stolen from windows "open with" dialog). (Note: Filing as UNCONFIRMED since I have only tested M18, not the latest nightlies)
Confirming based on my optimized trunk build from last night. Adding 4xp keyword since I believe 4.x did this. (There's a chance I could be wrong, but I *really* expect this behavior.)
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Removing 4xp keyword - I just confirmed that 4.x on Linux did not do this. However, 4.x did not let you choose an application to open with - if an application was not defined in preferences, it just offered to save the file. This is new UI that was never there before, and thus not 4xp (however, that doesn't make it less of a valid bug).
I'm taking the liberty of making this dependent on my RFE for input helper applications for file upload forms (bug 46135), because it is going to happen real soon now, and I would hate to think what might happen if people were working on both at the same time. Thank you for your patience; in return I will vote for this RFE when 46135 is finished. I do think it is a good idea.
Depends on: input-helper-apps
20 years ago
nav triage: accepting and upgrading to a P2.
Assignee: matt → pchen
Priority: P3 → P2
Please ignore the comments from me above (Additional Comments From James Salsman 2000-10-25 01:59) those were intended to be posted to a completely different bug (mutiple file upload) and I have no idea how they ended up on this one for adding helper apps.
nav triage team: Marking nsbeta1-. After digging through the helper apps pref code, I don't think we have time to get this done for beta1 especially since we need to add code to the download dialog thingy.
nav triage: nice to have but not critical for rtm. moving to mozilla0.9.3.
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.2 → mozilla0.9.3
nav triage team: Would really like this, but too much risk to take for mozilla0.9.3. Pushing out to mozilla1.0
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.3 → mozilla1.0
No longer depends on: 58811
Summary: choosing one-off helper app should add that helper app to prefs → [RFE]choosing one-off helper app should add that helper app to prefs
I think this bug is a won't fix, as it can be set via the [set default...] button.
Component: Preferences → File Handling
QA Contact: shrir → sairuh
Why is this bug still open? It isn't even a valid RFE anymore now that the dialog has a "set default" button. As the original reporter, I think this bug should be either marked fixed, marked wontfix or dupped against whichever bug added the "set default" button. The behavior specified here would be *more* confusing than the existing set default button, now that we have one.
marking fixed per stuart's comments.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Closed: 19 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
if we're talking about the helper app dialog that appears, there is no Set Default button [at least since 0.9.4]. during a recent bug triage meeting with Peter and Bill, we had discussed this issue --that most users expect that selecting the application for a given type from this dialog should a. [iirc] remember that that application selection should stick for subsequent attempts to click such types [during the same and subsequent sessions, too]. b. that decision should also be reflected in the Helper Applications prefs panel. i willing to verify this one --if there are other bugs already filed for these issues. bill, do you know if said bug[s] exist? [drat, i cannot reassign resolved bugs... this best belongs to you, i think.]
Summary: [RFE]choosing one-off helper app should add that helper app to prefs → choosing one-off helper app should add that helper app to prefs
Treating the user's choice as a one-off is only useful for wierd <1% cases, the typical case is that the mapping they specify is the one they always want, and if that is not the case, they can easily indicate they want to be asked each time. The vast majority of users don't even want to have to specify this mapping once, they just expect it to work. I know I find it maddening when I have to continually tell the program that, yes, dammit, I want to open Acrobat files using Acrobat. Considering the trouble I've gone to to install both programs, why does it even ask? I'm extremely unlikely to suddenly decide to open them using anything else, and if I wanted to save the file, I would have issued the Save As command rather than clicked.
rs vrfy... filed bug 111035 re: comment #15 and comment #16.
No longer blocks: 78106
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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