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Make FTP content displayed, instead of being saved (Firefox 70)

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Since release of the Firefox 70 I noticed that all FTP content opened via direct links is being saved right away, instead of being displayed. As I understand, this was done to close this "bug": https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1560699. Though I guess this change can be beneficial for most users, it's also causing unnecessary problem to me a my colleagues at work.

We are technical support team and we are working in the ticketing system called BMC Remedy. All file attachments sent by our customers are uploaded to our internal FTP server and then linked to the tickets via direct FTP links. Before release of the 70th version it was very convenient for us to click on those files, and get files opened straight inside browser. It worked flawlessly, especially for image and text files and saved us a lot of time. It was also the main reason we used Firefox, since in Chrome always (at least recently) saved files instead of displaying them.

But the release of 70th version messed up everything for us, and now all the files need to be saved before they can be opened which causes a lot of inconvenience. So much so, we had to downgrade back to 69th version to work normally.

As I said at the beginning, I do understand the reason behind this change since FTP vulnerabilities can harm users on public websites. However, inside closed environments like intranets there is no such threats, and losing ability to quickly preview FTP resources can hurt productivity. So in my opinion, while it's a good idea to have this behavior enabled by default, there should be an option under about:config to enable rendering of the FTP resources back. Or maybe someone at least can make an extension or Greasemonkey script that would bring this functionality back.

I'm not sure if this is correct place, but I don't know where else to post this to bring attention to this problem.

Hi, Since release of the Firefox 70 I noticed that all FTP content opened via direct links is being saved right away, instead of being displayed. As I understand, this was done to close this "bug": https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1560699. Though I guess this change can be beneficial for most users, it's also causing unnecessary problem to me a my colleagues at work. We are technical support team and we are working in the ticketing system called BMC Remedy. All file attachments sent by our customers are uploaded to our internal FTP server and then linked to the tickets via direct FTP links. Before release of the 70th version it was very convenient for us to click on those files, and get files opened straight inside browser. It worked flawlessly, especially for image and text files and saved us a lot of time. It was also the main reason we used Firefox, since in Chrome always (at least recently) saved files instead of displaying them. But the release of 70th version messed up everything for us, and now all the files need to be saved before they can be opened which causes a lot of inconvenience. So much so, we had to downgrade back to 69th version to work normally. As I said at the beginning, I do understand the reason behind this change since FTP vulnerabilities can harm users on public websites. However, inside closed environments like intranets there is no such threats, and losing ability to quickly preview FTP resources can hurt productivity. So in my opinion, while it's a good idea to have this behavior enabled by default, there should be an option under about:config to enable rendering of the FTP resources back. Or maybe someone at least can make an extension or Greasemonkey script that would bring this functionality back. I'm not sure if this is correct place, but I don't know where else to post this to bring attention to this problem.
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With plain text files you can use the view-source: prefix. For other file types you might be able to do this by retrieving the content via a XMLHttpRequest.

With plain text files you can use the view-source: prefix. For other file types you might be able to do this by retrieving the content via a XMLHttpRequest.
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Hi John, I don't know whether you can expect this to change. If it is a big enough issue, you could consider migrating your users to the Extended Support Release of Firefox 68 so you'll at least get security patches. More info:

You may need to use a "profile downgrade" to use your Firefox 70 profile in Firefox 68, or you can migrate files selectively. See:

Hi John, I don't know whether you can expect this to change. If it is a big enough issue, you could consider migrating your users to the Extended Support Release of Firefox 68 so you'll at least get security patches. More info: * [[Choosing a Firefox update channel]] * https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/enterprise/ You may need to use a "profile downgrade" to use your Firefox 70 profile in Firefox 68, or you can migrate files selectively. See: * [[Dedicated profiles per Firefox installation]] * [[Recovering important data from an old profile]]
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