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Post Posted February 12th, 2010, 8:46 am

I click on a link to pdf in the browser. For example: http://www.gp.com/build/documentViewer. ... entid=6947 I get the 'Opening xxxx.pdf' dialog box:

You have chosen to open
xxxx.pdf
which is a: PDF document
from: http:xxxxx

What should SeaMonkey do with this file?

O Open with [Browse...]
O FlashGot [...]
O Save File

[] Do this automatically for files like this from now on.

Settings can be changed in SeaMondey's Preferences.


I want this to open in acroread (Adobe pdf reader), so I browse to the executable, select it, and check "Do this automatically...."

Next time I click on a pdf link, I get the same dialog box. I looked in Helper Applications of the browser Preferences and 'use acroread' is listed. There is an "Application Details..." choice in the drop-down menu and that shows the full path to this program, /usr/bin/acroread.

Does someone have some insight? Thanks.

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Post Posted February 13th, 2010, 8:02 am

I think it's a matter of the construction of the url for the pdf. A random link to a pdf form @ irs.gov http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf just opened automatically in acroread for me, while the cited link http://www.gp.com/build/documentViewer. ... entid=6947 contains some sort of scripty-looking thingamajig or other: documentViewer.aspx?repository=BP&elementid=6947

Still, it would be nice if something could be done in the browser to avoid having to go through the process of specifying a download spot or the executable; /usr/bin is quite large and takes significant time to load in the dialog file chooser.

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Post Posted February 14th, 2010, 10:54 am

It seems this behavior is a consequence of the web page serving the file as an attachment and a decision by devels not to expose the browser to automatic downloading of possibly malicious files. More here: http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla. ... bf5f2d24bf

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