[Bug 251687] [NEW] Firefox 3 cannot save files or access file system

Michael mkirkpat13 at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 25 03:00:54 UTC 2008

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: firefox-3.0

I cannot save anything from Firefox 3, regardless of whether I do
Ctrl+s, File->Save Page As, or if I right-click on an image and try to
do "Save Image As."  Whenever I do any of these actions, nothing
happens.  That is, the dialog box that should ask where to save the file
never appears.

In my Edit->Preferences->Main tab, I have selected "Always ask me where
to save files" (which was the setting that I had in Firefox 2).  I tried
to change this setting to see if Firefox could download anything, but
when I select the "Save files to" option, the box indicating the
location to use is greyed out (see attached file).  When I click
"Browse," again, nothing happens.  It appears that Firefox 3 cannot
access anything about my file system.

This bug may be related to #222916, but it seems that the author of that
post is at least seeing something starting to be saved.  So the behavior
is different, but I would be tempted to guess that the cause of both
problems may be the same or similar.

Furthermore, I have seen this behavior previously.  While I was still
using Gutsy Gibbon, I installed the beta version of Firefox 3 and saw
this behavior then.  I thought it was a bug in the beta version, and
simply reverted to Firefox 2 at the time.

# lsb_release -rd
Description:	Ubuntu 8.04.1
Release:	8.04

# apt-cache policy firefox-3.0
  Installed: 3.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.2
  Candidate: 3.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.2
  Version table:
 *** 3.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.2 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.0~b5+nobinonly-0ubuntu3 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Packages

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Jul 24 22:37:28 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
Package: firefox-3.0 3.0.1+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.2
PackageArchitecture: i386
SourcePackage: firefox-3.0
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-19-generic i686

** Affects: firefox-3.0 (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: apport-bug

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