[Bug 605096] [NEW] "Choose an Application" dialog doesn't present list of programs

pottersson 605096 at bugs.launchpad.net
Tue Jul 13 17:31:25 UTC 2010

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: firefox

This is more of a usability bug than anything; I'm sorta hoping that
this makes it into the Hundred Paper Cuts.

When I try to open a file Firefox doesn't recognize from the Downloads
window, rather than presenting me with Nautilus' Open With dialog,
Firefox displays its own Choose Application box. Problem is, this box is
not populated with any applications. The only available option is a
button to browse for the application, but most users don't know what the
Linux equivalent of C:/Program Files/ is, leaving them completely

The workaround is to manually navigate to the Downloads folder in
Nautilus, but the new user will not think of that.

In my case, I was trying to install an OpenOffice extension.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: firefox 3.6.6+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-23.37-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-23-generic-pae i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Tue Jul 13 12:14:38 2010
 firefox 3.6.6+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
 firefox-gnome-support 3.6.6+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
 firefox-branding 3.6.6+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1
 abroswer N/A
 abrowser-branding N/A
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Netbook 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429.4)
SourcePackage: firefox

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

** Tags: apport-bug i386 lucid ubuntu-une

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