The option to create new folder while saving a file seem to have disappeared in Odin?

Am I missing something? or is it another "improvement" in Odin?

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This is a consequence of Flatpak packaging and sandboxing, I think. You do not say which apps you find are affected but I suspect they are Flatpak'd or using the FileChooser portal rather than directly. It may depend on what filesystem permissions they request and are granted.

  • Thank you! The app that caused me to post this question was Firefox (and yes installed using Flatpak, not sandboxed). I didn't have this problem in Hera but there Firefox was not using Flatpak... There may be other apps affected. Will have to try re-installing Firefox without Flatpak and see if it makes difference
    – bambuko
    Commented Oct 28, 2021 at 5:48

I have un-installed Flatpak version of Firefox and installed download directly from Firefox.

One problem solved, but:

  1. how do you "integrate" my downloaded directly version with elementary OS ???

    later edit:

    I have used sudo apt install firefox instead of downloading directly from Firefox and all is well!

  2. how does one bring the issue with Flatpak to the attention of EOS developers? I would prefer to use Flatpak but not at the expense of lost functionality...

  • I have also removed Flatpak version of Thunderbird, which had problems with loosing Local Folders directory...
    – bambuko
    Commented Oct 28, 2021 at 8:55
  • There is one advantage to not using Flatpak version - Firefox is quicker to launch !!!
    – bambuko
    Commented Oct 28, 2021 at 9:08
  • I have two other Flatpak apps (Okular and GIMP) both work fine with respect to this issue, so it seems it is only Mozilla (Firefox and Thunderbird) that are affected...
    – bambuko
    Commented Oct 28, 2021 at 12:18
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    Elementary developers are aware of the problem (and several others caused by Flatpak). I am sure that if there is a solution that is not contradictory to the security goals of Flatpak then it will be fixed at some point, either in elementary or upstream. Commented Oct 29, 2021 at 14:35

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