When downloading a link that mozilla can't handle internally, the default-action-for-filetype currently needs to be set up manually for each new filetype. it should check the default OS file associations first and set that if possible- there are a lot of filetypes out there and it's frustrating to have to re-associate each new type every time.
Dup of bug 54940?
er... we _should_ be checking the OS associations, based on the code I see. Is that going wrong somehow? Over to mscott
Assignee: neeti → mscott
For me, it's using the information from the windows registry to launch the right app. This is working using build ID: 2001062104. Just select "use default action" and it launches acrobat for pdf files, winzip for zip files etc. Based on my registry settings. No user intervention required.
1. The effect seen by the reporter is probably caused partly by bug 46655 ("Downloading" dialog displays incorrect MIME type) and by bug 78943 (MIME type reported incorrectly for certain file extensions), which confuse users into thinking that mozilla doesn't use the OS's mime type helper app list. 2. It would really be nice for bug 54940 to be fixed but it is not nessasary for this bug. 3. bug 86640 (Redesign the helper app dialog) should make the current behavior more usable and (maybe fix this bug too?). 4. To implement the feature based on the author's description would require extension matching rather than mime type matching, which I doubt is a good idea. Having said that, the helper app dialog should suggest helper app based on file extensions when encountering a new mime type. For example, if I associated: mime-type: application/x-zip-compressed extension: .zip with freezip.exe in windows "file type" dialog. and Mozilla encounters mime-type: application/zip extention: .zip it should suggest that I create a new helper app entry for the new mime type and associated with freezip.exe
This WORKSFORME I am marking as such.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 18 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Hmm. Ok, the actual bug is apparently more of a usability problem. It's not really clear what the default action is unless you fill in the default action inside mozilla. I was assuming that the blank textbox underneath the "use default action" button meant that there was no default action (instead of "blank = use win98 file associations"). and there's enough mime types out there that it's a non-zero load to remember exactly which types you've selected what action for. So it would be useful to include the current system file-action association if possible, but I'm not experiencing any functionality problems now that I know how to use it.
please try a more recent build. we redesigned this dialog to better show the OS default helper app.
Definitely better. Most usable would be text in the Default Action box that says [Using default system action for filetype] or the like. The usability issue is that the blank box is distracting (and the new text changes are much better but still small), so that would help some. Also, is there any way to make "download" the default action? Avoiding extra clicks is always a big win. My original issues have been resolved, though- I don't think these are important enough to open new bugs on?
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