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    "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Lately I've noticed that the "open containing folder" right-click menu item doesn't work in Firefox 3.6. It does nothing. That action used to open Nautilus, showing the folder where the file had been downloaded.

    What gives? I set up Firefox long ago to call Nautilus when asked to open a folder. Shouldn't Firefox be asking me what app to use, if it weren't set up properly?

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Anyone? Bueller?

    I can't believe something so simple is broken. Isn't there any way to fix it?

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    I know I'm not the only one having this problem. The standard fix* doesn't work. There must be some other way.

    *Usually you see suggestions to manually create Booleans and strings in Firefox's "about:config" page, which supposedly tell Firefox to launch Nautilus when you try to open something from the Tools->Downloads window. I did that weeks ago, but it had no effect on the problem. I can't open things I just downloaded, or the folder they're in, from the Downloads window. It's very annoying.
    Samsung Series 3 15.6" notebook (NP300-V5A-A02US)

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Last night, I noticed that this problem does NOT exist, running Firefox or Swiftfox under Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 on my Aspire One. Nautilus opens, as it should, in the circumstances described above.

    Is this bug possibly unique to Ubuntuzilla-installed versions of Firefox? I don't see why it would be, but then that's why it's a bug.

    I'm really, really tired of talking to myself here. Hasn't someone else had this problem?
    Samsung Series 3 15.6" notebook (NP300-V5A-A02US)

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    The about:config settings suggested on other forum posts doesn't work here either. You need to go to Applications tab in Firefox Preferences, then browse the "file" content type, then click the corresponding action menu, select "Use other", browse /usr/bin/nautilus.

    I don't think is an Ubuntuzilla bug, since the same problem happens here with Firefox 3.6 from the firefox-stable ppa and with the binaries downloaded from Mozilla site.

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    That worked! THANKS!
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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Thank you, this fixed the problem for me in Kubuntu 9.10 as well (obviously, setting the target to dolphin rather than nautilus).

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Thank you lovinglinux, you cylons really ARE helpful (Your advice fixed a similar problem for me.)

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    Re: "Open containing folder" in Firefox doesn't work

    Quote Originally Posted by alexxroche View Post
    Thank you lovinglinux, you cylons really ARE helpful (Your advice fixed a similar problem for me.)
    You are welcome.

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