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Mozilla 1.3 changes .fileloc format Web Browsers
With Mozilla 1.3, they've changed the format of the .fileloc files for links to files on the local drives. In Mozilla 1.2.1 and earlier, local files were referenced with a format like:

file:///macintosh%20hd/Users/mcrocker/Documents/

Starting with Mozilla 1.3, the format has changed to only use two slashes, like:

file://macintosh%20hd/Users/mcrocker/Documents/

For those of you who don't know, a .fileloc file is created by dragging the tiny icon in the left of the URL text field in the Navigator window to the desktop or any Finder window. Then, to get back to that URL, just drag the .fileloc to the Navigator window. Some of us think that this is much better way to do things than with bookmarks because you can organize web pages using the standard file system rather than some sepparate entity like a bookmarks database. Unfortunately, the file names of .fileloc files is the URL, not the web page name, making these less useful than they would otherwise be.

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Mozilla 1.3 changes .fileloc format
Authored by: pixelcort on Apr 03, '03 02:39:29PM

Wouldn't just using the standard .webloc files be better? They are Application Independant and rely on your Internet Preferences to open the preferred application. They are actually simply text clippings that respect the URL within them.

I am in the process of moving tons of stuff into .webloc and clipping documents. They are simple to use, manage, and can be viewed from the Finder. If only there was a good editor for them...



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Mozilla 1.3 changes .fileloc format
Authored by: AndyF on Apr 04, '03 11:25:17PM

Mozilla changed from a CFM based app to a Mach-O based app with 1.3 (and became OSX only). Path names changed from classic mac-like path :Disk:Folder:File to the unix-like /User/admin/... or /Volumes/disk/....

The file://<host>/<path> url simply reflects this change -- the path part now uses a unix-like path. The host name appears to be completely ignored, and can be left out -- file:///User/.... works too.



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Mozilla 1.3 changes .fileloc format
Authored by: greyhawk on Apr 10, '03 09:20:41PM

Not only that, but on multivolume systems, it needs /Volumes in the path to find it.

Used to be <file:///Images/image01.jpg>
Now requires <file://Volumes/Images/image01.jpg>

really messes up my local file link usage.



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