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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.

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

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

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

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