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#1 2017-10-13 13:08:48

margento
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Registered: 2017-10-13
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Drag & drop images from Firefox to desktop

I've just installed Xubuntu 17.04 and it looks fine (never used XFCE before). I have a couple of problems,
the worst one (I need this feature at the work) is described in the subject: when I drag and drop an image (image.jpg) from
Firefox to the Desktop, Thunar tries to save a link to the image URL. If I try to drag and drop the image into a folder,
Thunar returns an error saying that it's impossible to create a link for the URL "http://link.to/image.jpg" and cannot change
directory to "file:///path_to dir_where_I_dropped_image" because file or folder doesn't exist.
I can save images using right click and "save image to" but I'd like to use drag & drop to speed my work.
I think it's a desktop-related behaviour that I can fix but I really don't know XFCE well.
Can you help me?
Thank you.

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#2 2017-10-17 00:59:14

alcornoqui
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Registered: 2014-07-28
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Re: Drag & drop images from Firefox to desktop

Same result for me (Xubuntu 16.04, FF 57). I'd say it's an xfdesktop or Thunar missing feature, but can't say for sure.

Take a look at Double-click Image Downloader Firefox (and Chrome) extension. It's the best-looking workaround I've found, after some searching.

Let us know how/if it works!

edit: said xfwm instead of xfdesktop

Last edited by alcornoqui (2017-10-17 01:01:52)

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#3 2017-11-25 15:46:59

margento
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Re: Drag & drop images from Firefox to desktop

alcornoqui wrote:

Let us know how/if it works!

I've just seen your reply right now. The extension works pretty well. Thank you so much.
For the sake of knowledge, I'd like to understand the cause of this problem.
Thank you again

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#4 2017-11-25 16:26:15

sixsixfive
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Re: Drag & drop images from Firefox to desktop

margento wrote:
alcornoqui wrote:

Let us know how/if it works!

For the sake of knowledge, I'd like to understand the cause of this problem.
Thank you again

Afaik, there is no common way to supports drag and drop on the x-server, so every widget toolkit has it done separately for this reason you can not drag and drop from Qt/KDE to GTK apps. Firefox is not a GTK app so it might have the same issue.


$ aptitude why gnome   
Unable to find a reason to install gnome.

regards, ssf

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