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    Default FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    Before Firefox 10.0, if I clicked on a hyperlink for a pdf, the default
    application to be used was Okular. Now it has changed to Gimp(default)
    with the only other option being "other..."

    How is Gimp suddenly the default? In System Settings, File Associations,
    for .pdf, the default apps are Okular and Gimp in that order of preference.

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    It has done the same for .rar and .zips - opening Fileroller instead of ark. Needs changing in FF Edit-Preferences-File Associations

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    On 02/09/2012 04:06 PM, Graham P Davis wrote:

    > How is Gimp suddenly the default? In System Settings, File Associations,
    > for .pdf, the default apps are Okular and Gimp in that order of preference.


    what you have set in KDE or Gnome (in system settings) tells KDE or
    Gnome apps what to do, and has nothing to do what what Firefox thinks
    you want [remember, firefox is a mozilla app, not a KDE or Gnome app],
    so go in FF10

    File > Edit > Preferences > Applications

    give it a moment to fill in the bottom pane of the new window, then in
    the search block type pdf

    soon will show PDF Document and a spin to set selector to its right
    where you can choose what you want to be done with PDF files..

    if you don't like what is offered there, choose "Use other" and navigate
    your way to, and then click on /usr/bin/okular

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    On 09/02/12 15:33, DenverD wrote:
    > On 02/09/2012 04:06 PM, Graham P Davis wrote:
    >
    >> How is Gimp suddenly the default? In System Settings, File Associations,
    >> for .pdf, the default apps are Okular and Gimp in that order of
    >> preference.

    >
    > so go in FF10
    >
    > File > Edit > Preferences > Applications
    >
    > give it a moment to fill in the bottom pane of the new window, then in
    > the search block type pdf



    Tried that yesterday but didn't work. I see from your info that I had
    not got it quite right so tried again but FF froze solid before it would
    fill the bottom pane. Had to kill it.

    Followed advice of caf4926 in "Firefox 10?" thread and reverted to FF9.
    Clicked on PDF hyperlink and Okular appeared as default. Hooray!

    As TB10 needs to be started twice before it will work, I may revert to
    version 9 of that also. Don't you just love this mania for issuing a new
    version every few weeks?

    Thanks for the advice; sorry I didn't have the tenacity to give it
    another try after the freeze.

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    On 02/09/2012 07:04 PM, Graham P Davis wrote:
    > As TB10 needs to be started twice before it will work, I may revert to
    > version 9 of that also. Don't you just love this mania for issuing a new
    > version every few weeks?


    i am using FB v 10 with no problems...none at all..

    well, i am on 32 bit openSUSE 11.4 with KDE4.6.0
    and oh of course Flash sucks...but, that is not a FF problem..

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    My 11.4_64/KDE4.8 with FF10 is working OK as well.

    I tried on my 12.1_64/KDE4.8 test box and observed something unusual.
    I was running FF9.0 from the 12.1 Updates repo.
    I added the Mozilla 12.1 repo and installed Firefox 10.

    Crashed on first start.
    On restart, opened up and displayed my last (FF9) session tabs, so looked OK.
    Looked in File > Edit > Preferences > Applications, there was no pdf content type to change .
    Hmmm
    Did a google search on "news in pdf" to get some URLs to try, selected first one, it opened with inkscape, a svg graphics program I use.
    Looked again in File > Edit > Preferences > Applications, and there was pdf content type, I was able to make the change to /usr/bin/okular, which is now in effect.

    My suspicions:
    An upgrade (all?) to Firefox now resets some or all application/content types.
    On first try , e.g. opening a file.pdf, Firefox chooses the most recent application to register as being pdf friendly, which in my case could be inkscape but on a clean install might be the gimp but in general could be one of many applications.
    Whatever gets chosen can then be changed at File > Edit > Preferences > Applications .

    Perhaps this behavior is what caf4926 calls 'lack of KDE integration' ?

    Anyway, My FF10 on 12.1_64/KDE4.8 now seems good, opening items with okular.

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    I experienced the same behaviour following the update to FF10 (openSUSE 11.4, KDE 4.6.5), a few days ago, with the gimp set as default for pdf files. It was a simple matter to change (as already outlined by others).

    I suppose it could be 'corrected' automatically for KDE users, with a 'KDE-Firefox' application integration package, but its difficult to correct manually for most users.

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    On 02/09/2012 09:46 PM, deano ferrari wrote:
    > I experienced the same behaviour following the update to FF10 (openSUSE
    > 11.4, KDE 4.6.5), a few days ago, with the gimp set as default for pdf
    > files.


    hmmmmmm....i had FF9 (and previous) set to always save pdf (rather than
    open) and after 10 was installed that was still set...so, if anyone with
    the problem ever gets around to logging a bug please come back here with
    the bug number and i'll add my detail to it...maybe it (save was kept
    but Okular is replaced with GIMP) will help them find and squash


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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    Sorry, I meant '....but its not difficult to correct manually for most users'.

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    Default Re: FF10: default app for opening pdfs has changed.

    On 09/02/12 15:33, DenverD wrote:
    > so go in FF10
    >
    > File > Edit > Preferences > Applications
    >
    > give it a moment to fill in the bottom pane of the new window, then in
    > the search block type pdf
    >
    > soon will show PDF Document and a spin to set selector to its right
    > where you can choose what you want to be done with PDF files..
    >
    > if you don't like what is offered there, choose "Use other" and navigate
    > your way to, and then click on /usr/bin/okular


    After having installed the new FF10 from "updates," I succeeded in doing
    what you recommended - after a fashion.

    There was no entry for file type PDF in the "applications" list, so I
    wasn't able to alter the settings that way. Instead, I clicked on a pdf
    link, "GIMP (default)" appeared, so I selected "other" in the pop-up
    window and ticked "always use this..." I later checked "preferences =>
    applications" and "PDF" had appeared in the list.

    One more thing puzzles me. As there was originally no PDF entry in the
    "applications" list, how did FF pick GIMP as default?


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