No way to specify only applications can be chosen in file picker



17 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: Mike Pinkerton (not reading bugmail), Assigned: Conrad Carlen (not reading bugmail))


(Depends on: 1 bug, Blocks: 3 bugs)

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17 years ago
The filepicker doesn't let you say 'only pick applications' so we end up passing 
"*" as the filter all over the code which lets you pick _any file_, apps 
included. This allows the user to do wonderful things like tell mozilla to open a 
file with the application being some random text file on their disk.


17 years ago
Blocks: 97322
This is tricky... unlike other types of files, there is no standard extension
for applications (except on windows).  We could just add an applications flag to
the possible filters and leave it up to the various filepicker implementations
to figure out what to do with it.  Windows is pretty easy, unix would require
checking for +x permission, not sure about mac.

Comment 2

17 years ago
mac has several mechanisms for determining if something is an app. that's not 

Comment 3

17 years ago
This should be easy & worthwhile on all platforms.  ->bryner p3/enhancement/096
Assignee: trudelle → bryner
Severity: normal → enhancement
Priority: -- → P3
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla0.9.6
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.6 → mozilla0.9.7

Comment 4

17 years ago
Blocks: 102472
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.7 → mozilla0.9.9

Comment 5

16 years ago
What we really need is an application picker, similar to what the Finder and
Windows Explorer display for unknown document types.  Users should not have to
pick apps using the file system, a flat list (with icons) is much better.

Comment 6

16 years ago
Hrmm. That would require us to trawl through all the users's mounted drives, 
hunting for applications. That's hugely expensive on platforms like Mac where 
there is no registry to help you. (Ever regretted hitting the Change button for a 
Helper app in the Internet control panel?)

Comment 7

16 years ago
Add an 'ers' onto 'us' and you have my point. On some platforms, doing the right
thing may be prohibitively expensive, and we may have to be expedient.  That
doesn't mean we have to make all users do the work everywhere.
Nominating for nsbeta1 triage.
Keywords: nsbeta1
Created attachment 69436 [details] [diff] [review]

This implements "Applications" as a filter type on Unix and Windows (the Mac
filepicker implementation doesn't support filtering of any kind at present).  I
used a special file extension, "..apps", which the user never sees but which
the filepicker should recognize and transform into the appropriate filtering
mechanism for that platform.
pink, do you think you could make the necessary changes on mac?

Comment 11

16 years ago
dagley should do it, i think he has time

the mac does do filtering, it's just all internal. the user can't affect it.

Comment 12

16 years ago
Isn't there a way we can display the application picker that Windows displays
when you open an unknown file type?
I imagine we could, but that shouldn't be part of the nsIFilePicker interface. 
I'd imagine a new nsIAppPicker service that's implemented where available, and
then fall back to creating a file picker with the apps filter.

Comment 14

16 years ago
nsbeta1- per Nav triage team
Keywords: nsbeta1 → nsbeta1-


16 years ago
Blocks: 127158
No longer blocks: 102472

Comment 15

16 years ago
Comment on attachment 69436 [details] [diff] [review]


Definitely an improvement.
Attachment #69436 - Flags: review+

Comment 16

16 years ago
Comment on attachment 69436 [details] [diff] [review]

Attachment #69436 - Flags: superreview+
per conversation with law, we decided to also include *.com in the extension
list for Windows.

Comment 18

16 years ago
Once the Windows and *nix versions land re-assign to sdagley for the Mac fun


16 years ago
Blocks: 128667
shouldn't this be plussed since it blocks bug 128667, which has been plussed?
thus renominating.
Keywords: nsbeta1- → nsbeta1
QA Contact: jrgm → sairuh
not going to make 0.9.9
Target Milestone: mozilla0.9.9 → mozilla1.0

Comment 21

16 years ago
nsbeta1- per Nav triage team, ->1.2
Keywords: nsbeta1 → nsbeta1-
Target Milestone: mozilla1.0 → mozilla1.2
It looks like this patch needs to be updated to include Mac, now that Mac
supports a filter list.  Steve, do you think you could do that, or give me a
pointer on how to do it?
Checked in.
Last Resolved: 16 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
rather, reopening and -> dagley for mac impl
Resolution: FIXED → ---
Assignee: bryner → sdagley
OS: All → MacOS X
Hardware: All → Macintosh


16 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla1.2alpha → mozilla1.2beta


16 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla1.2beta → mozilla1.3alpha

Comment 26

15 years ago
Since I don't report into Internet Technologies anymore this bug needs a new
owner -> saari
Assignee: sdagley → saari

Comment 27

15 years ago
->ccarlen (guessing ownership)
Assignee: saari → ccarlen

Comment 28

15 years ago
Taking for 1.4b. If we need this sooner, let me know.
Target Milestone: mozilla1.3alpha → mozilla1.4beta


15 years ago
Depends on: 125216
This is not just a matter of filtering... in "Pick an application" mode we need
to behave very differently in a number of ways.  See bug 82860 and bug 185831
for some examples... (and on Windows, eg, we should put up the platform app picker).
Blocks: 82860, 185831
Could the Mac version also set the default location to be '/Applications' now
that we're only running on OSX?
QA Contact: bugzilla → xptoolkit.widgets
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