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Old 4th January 2020
gustaf gustaf is offline
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Default Firefox 71.0 won't Open, Save, or Upload files

I'm having the same problem as acampbell (see post #8 in Chrome or Firefox).

Per jggimi's suggestion (see post #9 in Chrome or Firefox), both /tmp and ~/Downloads are ordinary directories. They are not symlinks.

From /usr/local/share/doc/pkg-readmes/firefox:
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pledge(2) and unveil(2) Support
===============================
Firefox on OpenBSD is secured with pledge(2) and unveil(2) to limit
the system calls and filesystem access that each of Firefox's three
process types (main, content, and GPU) is permitted.  By default,
only ~/Downloads and /tmp can be written to when downloading files,
or when viewing local files as file:// URLs.

Files containing pledge promises and unveil paths and permissions
for each type of process are located in
/usr/local/lib/firefox/browser/defaults/preferences/.
Each file can be overridden by copying it to /etc/firefox/
and modifying it.
Viewing local files as file:// URLs works as expected. The default configuration gives me access to ~/Downloads and /tmp. Trying any other directory results in a "File not found" error.

Copying the configuration files to /etc/firefox and modifying them also worked:

Code:
# Make a firefox directory in /etc
cd /etc
doas mkdir firefox

# Copy firefox default config files to /etc/firefox
cd /usr/local/lib/firefox/browser/defaults/preferences
doas cp unveil.content unveil.main /etc/firefox

# Modify the copied config files
cd /etc/firefox
# Open unveil.content and unveil.main with a text editor; add the line
# ~/Firefox r 
# to each file

# Make a test directory containing a test file
cd $HOME
mkkdir Firefox
cd Firefox
vi FirefoxTEST.txt
# Type in some text and quit vi
After making these changes, I was able to view FirefoxTEST.txt by typing file:///home/gustaf/Firefox/FirefoxTEST.txt into the URL bar in Firefox.

So far, so good.

BUT, this does not work with any of the dialogue boxes (Open, Save, Upload, etc).

When I try, for example, to save a file with File > Save Page As..., clicking + Other Locations in the left pane of the dialog brings up Computer in the right pane. Clicking Computer makes the right pane go blank. In the dialog boxes, my entire filesystem is invisible to Firefox. Given the instructions in /usr/local/share/doc/pkg-readmes/firefox:
Code:
...By default, only ~/Downloads and /tmp can be written to when downloading files...
I would think that the dialog boxes would at least provide access to ~/Downloads and /tmp when clicking Computer.

Many thanks to anyone who can provide some insight.

Last edited by gustaf; 4th January 2020 at 09:33 AM. Reason: clarity
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Old 5th January 2020
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You're right; typing the address as a url works for for for files in ~/Downloads. So it seems to be a problem with the dialoge boxes in Firefox. There is something similar in Chrome; here the file access dialogue does work correctly but trying to import a bookmarks file produces the same dialogue page as with Firefox, i.e. no access to any local directories.
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Old 6th January 2020
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Short answer: add the Firefox folder you want to add to your gtk-bookmarks file. It will then appear in the firefox file chooser in the left hand pane above the Other Locations thingy.

Create or edit ~/.gtk-bookmarks and add the full file URL to there:

Code:
file:///home/yourusername/Firefox
That works for me. Make sure the folder has been unveil'd first.

Hope that helps

Simon
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Old 10th January 2020
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Hi newtowndaemon, and welcome!

Many thanks for pointing the way towards the gtk-bookmarks files.

I had to create the file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks, then add the full file URL there.
After unveiling the folder, I quit, then restarted Firefox.

It worked!

See GTK Bookmarks and ~/.gtk-bookmarks is deprecated for an explanation of the difference between gtk2 and gtk3 bookmarks.

Last edited by gustaf; 10th January 2020 at 01:49 AM. Reason: clarity
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Old 10th January 2020
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Thanks to someone on misc@ who provided a link I've finally managed to get the file selector (Ctrl-o) to work again with ~/Downloads. It seems the problem has been that Firefox didn't know about the existence of this directory. I downloaded and saved a file in ~/Downloads, after which all the files in that directory appeared in the file selector.

See
https://www.reddit.com/r/openbsd/com...ile_to_upload/
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I had to create the file ~/.config/gtk-3.0/bookmarks, then add the full file URL there.
Yeah I nearly mentioned the GTK3 version but then proceeded to do a quick and dirty test using ~/.gtk-bookmarks file before posting and it worked for me. I tried that method first because I wasn't sure if firefox was linked against GTK2 or GTK3 (it's GTK3 BTW, I just checked) so I never tried the GTK3 way.

At least you got sorted in the end.

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