[Pkg-chromium-maint] Bug#781591: does not allow to disable omnibox automatic search in URL input field

Martin Steigerwald ms at teamix.de
Tue Mar 31 11:15:12 UTC 2015

Package: chromium
Version: 41.0.2272.76-2
Severity: normal

Dear maintainer,

after I had it again that Chromium tried to search a local hostname
with the default search machine as I entered into the URL input field
I wanted to disable this feature completely once and for all.

It seems to be called omnibox. Yet, none of the descriptions I found
on how to disable this feature worked. I tried the following:

- Disable all options under Settings/Privacy including the one to
  correct nagivation errors with a web service and the one to autocomplete
  search queries
- I tried disabling instant search, but Chromium as packaged in Debian
  does not have this options in the Search area of settings. Its just
  missing there.
- Disable chrome://flags/#search-button-in-omnibox

The only thing that worked is setting a search engine with "%s" as URL
and set this one as a default, which took me quite some time to find out:


So by default Chromium dials back into Google search, and even when you
switch it to Startpage or something like this, it may ask search engines
in case you want to access a local server without prepending "http://"
or "https://" to the search and there is no easy way to disable this.

Please consider making Chromium in Debian more privacy aware or to add
at least a hint in README.Debian on how to disable automatic search. In
Iceweasel this behavior can be easily disabled.

I did not report this with crbug.com for two reasons:
- I do not have a Google account anymore and don´t want one.
- I don´t expect upstream to implement something like this as I bet it
  is against Google´s advertising and data collection interests.

I offer to write up some text for README.Debian.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (200, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.0.0-rc6-tp520-btrfs-trim+ (SMP w/4 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: sysvinit (via /sbin/init)

Versions of packages chromium depends on:
ii  libasound2           1.0.28-1
ii  libc6                2.19-17
ii  libcairo2            1.14.0-2.1
ii  libcups2             1.7.5-11
ii  libdbus-1-3          1.8.16-1
ii  libexpat1            2.1.0-6+b3
ii  libfontconfig1       2.11.0-6.3
ii  libfreetype6         2.5.2-4
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0   2.31.1-2+b1
ii  libglib2.0-0         2.42.1-1
ii  libgnome-keyring0    3.12.0-1+b1
ii  libgtk2.0-0          2.24.25-3
ii  libharfbuzz0b        0.9.35-2
ii  libjpeg62-turbo      1:1.3.1-12
ii  libnspr4             2:4.10.7-1
ii  libnspr4-0d          2:4.10.7-1
ii  libnss3              2:3.17.2-1.1
ii  libpango-1.0-0       1.36.8-3
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0  1.36.8-3
ii  libpci3              1:3.2.1-3
ii  libspeechd2          0.8-7
ii  libspeex1            1.2~rc1.2-1
ii  libsrtp0             1.4.5~20130609~dfsg-1.1
ii  libstdc++6           4.9.2-10
ii  libx11-6             2:1.6.2-3
ii  libxcomposite1       1:0.4.4-1
ii  libxcursor1          1:1.1.14-1+b1
ii  libxdamage1          1:1.1.4-2+b1
ii  libxext6             2:1.3.3-1
ii  libxfixes3           1:5.0.1-2+b2
ii  libxi6               2:1.7.4-1+b2
ii  libxml2              2.9.2+dfsg1-3
ii  libxrandr2           2:1.4.2-1+b1
ii  libxrender1          1:0.9.8-1+b1
ii  libxslt1.1           1.1.28-2+b2
ii  libxss1              1:1.2.2-1
ii  libxtst6             2:1.2.2-1+b1
ii  x11-utils            7.7+2
ii  xdg-utils            1.1.0~rc1+git20111210-7.4

chromium recommends no packages.

Versions of packages chromium suggests:
ii  chromium-inspector  41.0.2272.76-2
ii  chromium-l10n       41.0.2272.76-2

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