KDE file picker called by GTK apps gives spurious overwrite warning, instead of navigating, when selecting a directory

Bug #812210 reported by Shriramana Sharma on 2011-07-18
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
kmozillahelper (Ubuntu)
libreoffice (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I am using Kubuntu Natty. My LibreOffice automatically comes with KDE integration in the form of the libreoffice-kde package which provides a KDE file picker. I have also installed firefox-kde-support to allow my manually installed Firefox to use the KDE file picker. Both these GTK applications when integrated with KDE show this error:

1. Create a temporary directory just for testing: mkdir /tmp/foo
2. Open a webpage in KDE or a file in LibreOffice.
3. Open the Save As dialog -- you should get the KDE file picker.
4. In the "Name" box enter /tmp/foo and press Enter.

Actual Result:
It throws a warning asking whether I want to overwrite /tmp/foo. This warning is out of place because /tmp/foo is a directory and my typing it into the address field and pressing Enter is clearly telling the dialog box to open that directory in the folder pane. This is how the Save As box of *all other KDE applications* handles it.

Expected Result:
Other KDE applications (I tested Kate and Okteta) do NOT throw such a warning as they detect /tmp/foo is a directory and simply open it in the directory pane.

I am filing this bug against the source packages kmozillahelper and libreoffice.

Same behavior for Libreoffice on Precise.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in kmozillahelper (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
summary: - KDE file picker called by GTK applications throws false Overwrite
- warning
+ KDE file picker called by GTK apps gives spurious overwrite warning,
+ instead of navigating, when selecting a directory

Justification for paper cut: This is a (hopefully) trivially fixable usability bug. The average user would encounter it in a default application of ... Kubuntu because browsing directories in the file chooser is common basic behavior.

Chris Wilson (notgary) on 2012-08-04
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
milestone: none → quantal-12-kubuntu
status: Confirmed → New
milestone: quantal-12-kubuntu → none
Chris Wilson (notgary) wrote :

I'm not sure who easy fixing this would be so I'm not going to confirm it as a papercut just yet.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Incomplete
Harald Sitter (apachelogger) wrote :

Unfortunately kmozillahelper is no longer used in recent version of Kubuntu.

Changed in kmozillahelper (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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