Firefox GTK+ Integration
Posted May 29, 2008 2:50 UTC (Thu) by dskoll
In reply to: Firefox GTK+ Integration
Parent article: Fsyncers and curveballs (the Firefox 3 fsync() problem)
For most users the GTK+ file browser is used infrequently and works more or less instantaneously.
Umm... have you tried it? Try the Open With... dialog.
Look, I don't know what percentage of Linux users use GNOME, but it's probably 50% or less. So the people who don't use GNOME have the choice between an irritatingly non-standard but fast file browser, or an irritatingly non-standard and agonizingly-slow file browser. GNOME users are luckier; at least their agonizingly-slow file browser is "standard".
On my machine, the gtk+ browser takes about 25 seconds to browse /usr/bin wherease the Mozilla version is too fast to time. Why is that? The gtk+ browser, when faced with files without extensions, opens and reads a bit of every single file to identify the file type (by "magic") so it knows which pretty little icon to display. If that isn't abominable, I don't know what is.
Better yet, find the bug in the GTK+ file browser and submit patches.
I filed a bug with the gtk+ authors. Someone else has even submitted patches. They have not (to my knowledge) been accepted.
As for breaking printing not being a "catastrophe", you are right. But it is a major regression and stumbling block, and to argue otherwise is simply absurd.
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