Debian Bug report logs - #376259
lynx ftp download: Want "save" as default, not "help"

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Package: lynx; Maintainer for lynx is Atsuhito KOHDA <>; Source for lynx is src:lynx-cur.

Reported by: Helge Hafting <>

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:18:01 UTC

Severity: wishlist

Found in version lynx/2.8.5-2sarge1

Fixed in version lynx-cur/2.8.7dev10-1

Done: Atsuhito KOHDA <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Report forwarded to, James Troup <>:
Bug#376259; Package lynx. Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Helge Hafting <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: lynx ftp download: Want "save" as default, not "help"
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 13:42:03 +0200
Package: lynx
Version: 2.8.5-2sarge1
Severity: wishlist

Lynx is nice for browsing ftp sites.
When finding something interesting, I press 'd' and lynx
downloads it. Then it shows me a page
with an option to save the downloaded file.

A long time ago, this page was very nice.  The "save"
link was active by default, probably because it was the first
link.  So, after downloading, I could press 
'rightarrow' and save the downloaded file with a single click.

Think about it.  When you download, you want to save the file somewhere.
It is almost always the next step, so it should definitely
be the default choice!

Some day, lynx regressed on an upgrade.  Now the default link
is 'help', which no-one should need here.  Well, I certainly don't
mind that help is available, even though it is really easy when you have
gotten this far.  But it should not be the default!

When downloading, 'help' isn't what you need normally. A somewhat
silly user might need it, but only the first few times and
then he knows what to do.  Please consider optimizing for the
common case of wanting to save the downloaded file.

Lynx is something I use for its speed mainly, an extra keypress
gets in the way of speed.

It'd be really nice to have "save to disk" as the default/first
link again, with the help stuff as a secondary choice. That'd bring
the speed back to the user interface.

I should have reported this a long time ago, but it isn't really
a bug. User interface design bug, perhaps. ;-) Now I figured
out I could report it as a wish.

Helge Hafting

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (900, 'testing'), (800, 'unstable'), (800, 'stable'), (700, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.17-mm4
Locale: LANG=nb_NO.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=nb_NO.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages lynx depends on:
ii  libbz2-1.0                  1.0.3-2      high-quality block-sorting file co
ii  libc6                       2.3.6-15     GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libgnutls11                 1.0.16-14+b1 GNU TLS library - runtime library
ii  libncursesw5                5.5-2        Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  zlib1g                      1:1.2.3-11   compression library - runtime

Versions of packages lynx recommends:
ii  mime-support                  3.36-1     MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap

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Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Atsuhito KOHDA <>
Subject: Bug#376259: fixed in lynx-cur 2.8.7dev10-1
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 06:32:05 +0000
Source: lynx-cur
Source-Version: 2.8.7dev10-1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
lynx-cur, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx-cur-wrapper_2.8.7dev10-1_all.deb
  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx-cur_2.8.7dev10-1.diff.gz
  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx-cur_2.8.7dev10-1.dsc
  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx-cur_2.8.7dev10-1_i386.deb
  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx-cur_2.8.7dev10.orig.tar.gz
  to pool/main/l/lynx-cur/lynx_2.8.7dev10-1_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Atsuhito KOHDA <> (supplier of updated lynx-cur package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:55:24 +0900
Source: lynx-cur
Binary: lynx-cur lynx-cur-wrapper lynx
Architecture: source all i386
Version: 2.8.7dev10-1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Atsuhito KOHDA <>
Changed-By: Atsuhito KOHDA <>
 lynx       - Text-mode WWW Browser (transitional package)
 lynx-cur   - Text-mode WWW Browser with NLS support (development version)
 lynx-cur-wrapper - Wrapper for lynx-cur
Closes: 204515 376259 461158 480144
 lynx-cur (2.8.7dev10-1) unstable; urgency=low
   * New Upstream Release.
    - modify initial active link in download-page (Closes: #376259)
    - revise introductory comment written to ".lynxrc" (Closes: #461158)
    - suppress computation in TrimmedLength() for source-view (Closes: #204515)
    - adapt/extend parsdate.y from tin to improve parsing of cookie expiration
      times (Closes: #480144)
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