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The RSS link was quite amusing. My Chrome instance downloaded the RSS file without displaying it. Then I clicked it to open, and it opened Firefox. Firefox showed its file download box, suggesting I open the RSS with Google Chrome.

Deadlock detected.




On Linux, right? Firefox, or whatever gnome/dbus/opendesktop/gtk fuckery it uses has all sorts of strange notions about file types. When I download a tar.gz file, it saves a copy to /tmp, then launches a new instance of firefox with a file:// url, which opens a save file dialog.

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Respectfully, your setup is broken; not linux...

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Yup, similar file association nonsense can happen on Windows too (and it is a right PITA to fix)

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Firefox on Linux works fine for me for both RSS files and tar.gz files.

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Does anyone know a solution for this? When I got upgraded to this version of Chrome (Version 20.0.1132.34 beta), it started downloading RSS feeds instead of displaying them. Much sadness has ensued :(

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AFAIK Chrome has never detected RSS correctly for me. I assumed this was special to Mozilla, with their "we should probably provide a basic version of everything - newsreader, FTP client, etc., even if it makes the browser a bit more bloated." Bit like emacs.

Chrome is a bit like vi, if you want more stuff, there's probably some sort of extension.

Sorry for the emacs/vi analogies, I'm not trying to flame :)

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Yes there is an extension for it, by Google too.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlbjncdgjeocebhnmk...

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Well, no, the extension only allows you to subscribe to an RSS feed, whereas the aforementioned feature in Chrome was that it would open the RSS feed inline.

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Opera detected the link as an RSS feed and asked me to subscribe to it with the built-in RSS reader.

I wonder if other browsers would benefit from being able to at least detect RSS feeds and display appropriate information to user.

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> I wonder if other browsers would benefit from being able to at least detect RSS feeds and display appropriate information to user.

Firefox does. It shows the feed right in the browser.

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Safari does and pops up the default RSS client.

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