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marites87
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Post Posted October 29th, 2017, 7:27 am

Does firefox download files to the disk automatically even after the ask where to download option is selected? My network activity shows that it is downloading it to somewhere. Also, with other types of media, such as pdf, where is the file downloaded to when you select preview?

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Post Posted October 29th, 2017, 8:51 am

Don't hold me to this, especially on a Mac since I have no Apple experience, but ...

I believe it starts the download right away into your cache, then moves the downloaded file into your specified location when the download is complete.
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Post Posted October 29th, 2017, 10:09 am

for windows - firefox is downloading in background to the destination folder until you cancel the download (accept will continue the chosen option, open/save, when ready). this is known now since several builds, forgot when it started. its for convenience. conclusion: dont download or click "download" button if you dont want it.

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Post Posted October 29th, 2017, 1:44 pm

I think this started around the single digit Firefox builds.
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Post Posted October 30th, 2017, 12:19 pm

I believe it starts the download right away into your cache

I believe it may actually be going into %TMP% as a ".part" file.
(%TMP%\random_name.ext.part)
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Post Posted October 30th, 2017, 1:25 pm

therube wrote:I believe it may actually be going into %TMP% as a ".part" file.
(%TMP%\random_name.ext.part)


Running under Windows that is true. Probably something comparable but not exactly the same on Linux or Mac.

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Post Posted November 1st, 2017, 9:12 am

On my Linux Firefox install, Firefox creates a folder called "/tmp/mozilla-<myusername>0" at every startup, I would assume for use as an initial dowload destination.

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Post Posted November 1st, 2017, 9:32 am

Not knowing Linux, but that doesn't sound right.

I see (in Windows, a Hidden, Temporary) "etilqs_{random}" files, like, etilqs_IUtmbcREf4UHb1DRU2gD, which presumably is a temporary file for sqlite database files (that FF uses).
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Post Posted November 1st, 2017, 11:09 am

therube wrote:Not knowing Linux, but that doesn't sound right.

I see (in Windows, a Hidden, Temporary) "etilqs_{random}" files, like, etilqs_IUtmbcREf4UHb1DRU2gD, which presumably is a temporary file for sqlite database files (that FF uses).


I can't see anything "not right" about the folder Firefox creates. The etilqs_whatever files are, I believe, various event tracing files from Windows components, which is what you read
in the Windows Event Viewer. Got nuthin' to do with Firefox.

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