Opening unknown filetypes from Firefox: KDE users please confirm

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Mon Dec 8 19:20:29 UTC 2008

2008/12/8 NoOp <glgxg at>:
> Ok, you can disagree... but I am telling you that this is a Mozilla
> issue on linux - regardless of which distro you use. The fact of the
> matter is that Fx (linux) provides you with a "Choose Helper
> Application" dialog, it just doesn't provide suggested applications as
> it does in Windows.

That is why I asked what the behaviour in Windows is. I do not have
access to a Windows computer at home.

> See:
> ["Choose Helper Application", get list from Gnome Menu]
> [ "open with..." dialog box requires full pathname to choose alternative
> application  ]
> [ Cannot easily select alternative helper applications in "Open With"
> dialog  ]
> [Implement application selector (nsIMIMEInfo.possibleLocalHandlers) for
> Linux]
> [nsGNOMERegistry could use the mozgnome component]

They seem relevant, I will go through them and comment.

> And I suppose that your bug report might be classified as a duplicate of:
> [firefox choose helper application dialog is useless]

I will look through that bug, thanks. My initial search did not find it.

> I suppose if Ubuntu have the resources they could provide a patch to
> Mozilla Corporation (anyone can contribued). But given that Mozilla
> Corp. have _paid_ Firefox developers, and are aware of the issue(s), I
> reckon that it would be nice if the fix came from Mozilla Corporation
> directly.

I understand your point. I will trust you that the bug is upstream at
Mozilla, however, I am still of the opinion that it is the distro's
responsibility to ensure that all included software works together.
Even if there is an upstream reason for that not bing the case. I will
go through Launchpad and Bugzilla now that I have more information and
I am certain that the issue affects not only me.

Thanks. I always know that problems are on their way to being solved
whenever I see that you have replied :)

Dotan Cohen


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