[Pkg-chromium-maint] sane chromium default flags - include --enable-remote-extensions

Ian Jackson ijackson at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Mon Feb 27 16:43:29 UTC 2017

Andrey Rahmatullin writes ("Re: sane chromium default flags - include --enable-remote-extensions"):
> On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 03:14:08PM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > Do we know why this is ?  Is this an unintended side effect of some
> > other change ?  Has someone done this deliberately and if so have they
> > explained what they were trying to achieve ?
> > 
> > I can see that the behaviour you describe would be very annoying.
> When updating extensions is disabled, it is a "good" thing that you cannot
> install them and use installed ones.
> That's what the original bug was about.

I'm not sure I have parsed your reply correctly, so let me repeat back
what I think you are saying:

  Since online updates to non-Debian-packaged extensions are disabled,
  it is necessary to prevent installation or use of
  non-Debian-packaged extensions at all: otherwise, users would be
  running extensions without security updates.

Well, the reasoning is sound, but this does not seem like a desirable

Can we not make the updates work for non-Debian-packaged extensions,
while disabling them for Debian-packaged ones ?

If we did that then there would no need to disable people's

(Of course a user should not be invited to install extensions from an
upstream or third-party extension repository, unless that repository
contains only free software, or the user has enabled Debian contrib -
but I think that's a separate question.)


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