Firefox + KDE integration: Getting FF to use Dolphin reliably. 12+ years and counting.

grantksupport at operamail.com grantksupport at operamail.com
Thu Jul 3 13:44:53 PDT 2014


Hi,

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	I've cc'd this to multiple lists to garner interest; ultimately,
	I believe the solution needs to be in/at Firefox.
	I'd suggest that any discussion continues @
	<firefox-dev at mozilla.org>
	(https://mail.mozilla.org/listinfo/firefox-dev).
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There are LOTS of users that use Firefox on Linux in a KDE environment.

For those that do, integration with KDE's Dolphin filemanager -- e.g.,
for "Open containing folder ..." after download -- is needed.

It's been reported as a bug in Firefox 12+ years ago & has spawned
multiple other bugs.

There's a fix/workaround in Opensuse (pkg: mozilla-kde4-integration;
https://build.opensuse.org/package/show?project=openSUSE%3AFactory&package=mozilla-kde4-integration),
although it's not been accepted in current state @Firefox for upstream
inclusion.

Afaict, discussion & activity are basically dead.

Atm, is still doesn't work natively in Firefox.

Hacking around it DOES seem to work -- both in Opensuse packaging
(though, in #ic today, another soul failed at getting THAT to work), and
(for me, at least) building kmozillahelper natively for upstream's
Firefox31.

Multiple distros have, at various times, released pkg'd versions of
Opensuse's patches -- with varyiung, intermittent success.

Chrome & Chromium both seem to have worked Firefox+KDE integration out
-- both integrate with KDE nicely, apparently using (?) xdg-utils.

My end-user goal *here* is to get a fix into upstream Firefox, and have
that picked up by the distros.  To start, I hope this rekindles
recognition of the need for a fix, gets the right DEVs talking to one
another, and gets those who can help, to help.  It's been 12+ years --
clearly something's not working, and needs grease.

A couple of the initial/earliest bugs that provide some issue history:
are

	Bug 140751 — NEW — Integrate Mozilla with KDE
		https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=140751

	Bug 528598 — NEW, mozilla — provide a class to check for KDE
	environment and to interface with kmozillahelper
		https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=528598

	Bug 528510 — NEW — [Tracking] Port OpenSUSE KDE Integration for
	Firefox
		https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=528510#c5

; I'd bet there are more.

I hope we can move this ball forward!

Grant


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