[MacPorts] #14901: firefox-x11 does not provide file-selection browsers (fwd)

robert delius royar apple at frinabulax.org
Wed Apr 2 15:37:53 PDT 2008

I am forwarding this ticket because firefox-x11 has no maintainer, and 
because I wonder whether anyone has installed firefox-x11 and has it 
working without the error I report.  I searched for tickets on this and 
found none.

#14901: firefox-x11 does not provide file-selection browsers
  Reporter:  apple at frinabulax.org  |       Owner:  macports-tickets at lists.macosforge.org
      Type:  defect                |      Status:  new
  Priority:  High                  |   Milestone:  Port Bugs
Component:  ports                 |     Version:  1.6.0
  Keywords:  x11 www ui            |
  The X11 port of firefox ( does not include the code to allow the
  user to change preferences which require a file-browser box to "Save Link
  As" or to select local files/directories such as the default download

  To test this go to Edit->Preferences->Main and select the Browse button
  next to "Save files to" in the "Downloads" section.  On my 10.5.2 PPC
  system, nothing happens when the Browse button is selected.

  I recall from my own attempts to build SeaMonkey for Mac X11 that I could
  not get it to link in the gnome-vfs components (listed as required in the
  port file).  It always insisted on trying to link in the Carbon
  frameworks.  My Seamonkey attempts would eventually crash after repeated
  attempts to call the file browser.  So far firefox-x11 just does nothing.
  Other functions work fine so far as I can tell--although the copy
  highlight does not work the way it should (as Mozilla X11 version 1.7.13
  and Linux Firefox do).  It should copy the selection directly to
  the X11 Clipboard so that a middle mouse click will past the selection.
  Instead it requires that the selection be copied using a menu or keyboard
  command.  That makes me believe that some of the X11 UI bits are missing
  from the linking.

  I wonder if anyone of the folks who have recently fixed problems in the
  port file have tried to use the port (beyond just assuring it builds,
  installs, and opens correctly).

Ticket URL: <http://trac.macosforge.org/projects/macports/ticket/14901>
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