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    "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Browser

    I have a minimal install of Ubuntu and XFCE. When I try to drag an image from either Firefox or Chrome to the desktop, I receive the error message

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    The specified location is not supported


    Standard behavior in Windows is for the file to be saved to the desktop automatically, and I've heard many users claim that this works in Linux as well. Right-clicking on the image file -> Save Image As... works fine, but it's not my preferred method of saving images. Any help would be appreciated. Please let me know if you require more information.

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Hmmm, it works here on a clean xubuntu install dragging/dropping from firefox.

    What version of ubuntu are you running and what version of Xfce?

    Is xfdesktop running?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    Hmmm, it works here on a clean xubuntu install dragging/dropping from firefox.

    What version of ubuntu are you running and what version of Xfce?

    Is xfdesktop running?
    I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 with XFCE 4.8. xfdesktop is installed and running. This is a minimal install that I've been building from the ground up, not Xubuntu. Is there something in Xubuntu to make drag and drop work that might be missing in my installation?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    What do the following commands return:
    Code:
    env | grep -i xdg
    Code:
    xprop -root _DT_SAVE_MODE
    Code:
    ps -ef | grep -i 'xfdesk\|naut' | grep -v grep
    And just to be sure, do you have icons displayed on the screen?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    What do the following commands return:
    Code:
    env | grep -i xdg
    Code:
    xprop -root _DT_SAVE_MODE
    Code:
    ps -ef | grep -i 'xfdesk\|naut' | grep -v grep
    And just to be sure, do you have icons displayed on the screen?
    Code:
    env | grep -i xdg
    returns

    Code:
    XDG_MENU_PREFIX=xfce-
    XDG_SESSION_COOKIE=be75ae65026c52256d40436200000c15-1344817163.68607-356537508
    XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=/etc/xdg/xdg-xfce:/etc/xdg:/etc/xdg
    XDG_DATA_DIRS=/usr/share/xfce:/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/:/usr/share
    XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=XFCE
    and

    Code:
    xprop -root _DT_SAVE_MODE
    returns

    Code:
    _DT_SAVE_MODE(STRING) = "xfce4"
    and

    Code:
    ps -ef | grep -i 'xfdesk\|naut' | grep -v grep
    returns

    Code:
    [my username]    1541  1527  0 20:19 ?        00:00:02 xfdesktop --display :0.0 --sm-client-id 2416d9497-d505-4c17-b67f-8c7a4fc27a48
    My desktop does show icons. Here's a screenshot of it:



    Any thoughts?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Hmm. That's similar to my setup. When you try and get that error message, does any extra information show up in the ~/.xsession-errors log file?

    I just had a closer look at the screen shot in your first post and noticed that its a thunar error message. Which is interesting. What does the following return?
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    ps -ef | grep thunar | grep -v grep
    ...and what are the contents of your ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file?
    Last edited by Toz; August 13th, 2012 at 04:39 AM.

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    Hmm. That's similar to my setup. When you try and get that error message, does any extra information show up in the ~/.xsession-errors log file?

    I just had a closer look at the screen shot in your first post and noticed that its a thunar error message. Which is interesting. What does the following return?
    Code:
    ps -ef | grep thunar | grep -v grep
    ...and what are the contents of your ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs file?
    Nothing shows up in ~/.xession-errors when I try to drag and drop an image file onto the desktop.

    I am running Thunar, not Nautilus. Since Thunar comes bundled with xfce, I thought it would be sufficient.

    Code:
    ps -ef | grep thunar | grep -v grep
    returns nothing. However,

    Code:
    ps -ef | grep thunar
    returns

    Code:
    [username]   2400  2315  0 14:10 pts/1    00:00:00 grep --color=auto thunar
    .

    The file user-dirs.dirs does not exist in my .config directory.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Okay, here's an interesting update. I fired up my Arch Xfce install and sure enough, the drag and drop didn't work. I couldn't find any noticeable differences between the two - except that Xubuntu has some extra configuration settings. Looking through those, I couldn't find anything that made a difference.

    On a hunch, I tried a different image on Xubuntu and it didn't work. Apparently only some images work. Here is what I found: if I right-click the image in Firefox and I get a "Save Image As" option, then it copies properly to the desktop. If that option doesn't exit, then it won't copy. I then double checked against my Arch installed and confirmed the same.

    Can you try with different images in Firefox and check whether the option to "Save Image As" is required for the action to work?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Quote Originally Posted by Toz View Post
    Okay, here's an interesting update. I fired up my Arch Xfce install and sure enough, the drag and drop didn't work. I couldn't find any noticeable differences between the two - except that Xubuntu has some extra configuration settings. Looking through those, I couldn't find anything that made a difference.

    On a hunch, I tried a different image on Xubuntu and it didn't work. Apparently only some images work. Here is what I found: if I right-click the image in Firefox and I get a "Save Image As" option, then it copies properly to the desktop. If that option doesn't exit, then it won't copy. I then double checked against my Arch installed and confirmed the same.

    Can you try with different images in Firefox and check whether the option to "Save Image As" is required for the action to work?
    Hmmm...Every image I try in Firefox, I get the "Save Image As" option. I can save them all successfully to my local machine, but dragging and dropping them produces the aforementioned error message. I even tried several different image types. When drag and drop didn't work for you, did you get this error?

    It seems to me that the problem may lie in how the browser treats save via drag-and-drop differently from save via right-click -> Save Image As..., but I'm not sure what that difference is. Is save via drag-and-drop a feature of the browser or of the operating system? Any thoughts?

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    Re: "Specified location is not supported" When Dragging and Dropping Files from Brows

    Wait a second. I just remembered that I'm running an updated version of xfdesktop from another PPA - not the version thats included with 4.8. And on my Arch install, its running the new Xfce 4.10. Maybe that explains why its working for me?

    Here is the first changelog for 4.10 (pre1). Notice there are a couple of drag and drop related fixes.

    You could try installing Xfce 4.10 - see: http://www.techlw.com/2012/05/instal...r-mint-or.html. You could just run the "sudo apt-get install xfce4" command (like you did last time) if you don't want the whole xubuntu setup.

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