Difficult to select non-default application for opening files from firefox

Bug #24789 reported by Matthew East on 2005-10-30
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mozilla-firefox (Ubuntu)
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Ian Jackson

Bug Description

If I want to open a file with an application other than the default in firefox,
I select "Other" then it takes me to the "Choose Helper Application" dialogue.

However it doesn't give me a list of applications at all, it gives me a dialogue
where I have to go and browse the filesystem and select the program manually
from (e.g.) /usr/bin/xmms.

This is a pretty difficult thing to do, and also more time-consuming that simply
clicking on a list of programs, which I am pretty sure is what used to happen in
the old days.

Damon W (damonw5) wrote :

See Bug 18995 ("Open With" Dialog not user-friendly)and Bug 13373 (Unified Mime
Type Handling) for similar bugs. Does someone want to mark this as a duplicate?

This appears to be a major goal for Dapper:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DefaultApplicationsFirefox
and
https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/default-applications-firefox

Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

(In reply to comment #1)
> See Bug 18995 ("Open With" Dialog not user-friendly)and Bug 13373 (Unified Mime
> Type Handling) for similar bugs. Does someone want to mark this as a duplicate?

Yep.

> This appears to be a major goal for Dapper:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DefaultApplicationsFirefox
> and
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/default-applications-firefox

Let's hope this gets fixed :)

This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 18995.

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