Open Bug 681485 Opened 12 years ago Updated 6 months ago

Web pages that appeared to download but dissolve into terminal screen flutter.


(Firefox :: General, defect)

6 Branch
Windows 7





(Reporter: esfield, Unassigned)




User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:6.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/6.0
Build ID: 20110811165603

Steps to reproduce:

For years I have been downloading PDFs from (I'm usually doing this on Vista.) If you put "Metastasio" in the name (Nome) field, you will get a list of hits. Pick and one. Click on *.pdf. 

Today I had this problem also at the US copyright office, with their PDFs ( 

Actual results:

The download starts, reports how long it will take, etc. But nothing is ever viewable, because the screen starts to flutter. It fill flutter for hours if you don't turn it off. This is not a problem I had until I started using FireFox 4.*, 5.* et al. 

Expected results:

The complete opera libretto should download into Adobe Reader in roughly 4-5 minutes. It is not possible to attach a file, because one is never able to actually capture it, save it, or label it.
Component: File Handling → General
QA Contact: file.handling → general
Severity: normal → S3
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