Bug#472386: epiphany-browser: Location box no longer empty when home page loaded in new tab

Moray Allan moray at sermisy.org
Mon Mar 24 00:58:52 UTC 2008

Package: epiphany-browser
Version: 2.20.3-1
Severity: normal

Previously when I created a new tab, the location/URL entry box was
blank.  I found this very useful, and would frequently select a URL 
elsewhere, create a new tab in the Epiphany window where I wanted to 
view it, then middle-click and press enter to load it.

Epiphany now instead fills in the URL of my home page 
(http://www.google.com/).  Since I'm used to the old behaviour, I 
frequently end up looking at pages like 
http://www.google.com/http://www.example.com, then having to fiddle 
about with the mouse/keyboard to get where I want.

While middle-click pasting may be a minority interest among Epiphany 
users, the old behaviour also made it easier for less advanced users to 
click in the entry box and type in a URL manually.  (While using 
control-L pre-selects the current contents so that starting typing will 
overwrite them, simply clicking in the box doesn't do that, and 
shouldn't do unless that behaviour is made general in GNOME.)  It does 
seem worth 'special-casing' a new tab this way, as I can't see I'm 
unique in frequently wanting to visit a URL other than the home page in 
a new tab.  (The home page URL is rather uninformative, compared to 
later pages which have been actively navigated to -- if someone was 
genuinely confused as to what their home page's URL is, they could still
find it in the preferences).

I notice that the very first Epiphany window I open preserves the old

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.23-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages epiphany-browser depends on:
ii  epiphany-gecko                2.20.3-1   Intuitive GNOME web browser
- Geck

epiphany-browser recommends no packages.

Versions of packages epiphany-gecko depends on:
ii  dbus                   1.1.2-1           simple interprocess
messaging syst
ii  epiphany-browser-data  2.20.3-1          Data files for the GNOME
web brows
ii  gnome-icon-theme       2.20.0-1          GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  iso-codes              2.0-1             ISO language, territory,
ii  libart-2.0-2           2.3.20-1          Library of functions for 2D
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.20.0-1          The ATK accessibility
ii  libbonobo2-0           2.21.90-1         Bonobo CORBA interfaces
ii  libbonoboui2-0         2.21.90-1         The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                  2.7-6             GNU C Library: Shared
ii  libcairo2              1.4.14-1          The Cairo 2D vector
graphics libra
ii  libdbus-1-3            1.1.2-1           simple interprocess
messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2       0.74-1            simple interprocess
messaging syst
ii  libenchant1c2a         1.3.0-5           a wrapper library for
various spel
ii  libffi4                4.3.0~rc2-1       Foreign Function Interface
ii  libfontconfig1         2.5.0-2           generic font configuration
ii  libfreetype6           2.3.5-1+b1        FreeType 2 font engine,
shared lib
ii  libgcc1                1:4.3.0~rc2-1     GCC support library
ii  libgconf2-4            2.20.1-3          GNOME configuration
database syste
ii  libglade2-0            1:2.6.2-1         library to load .glade
files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.16.1-2          The GLib library of C
ii  libgnome-desktop-2     2.20.3-1          Utility library for
loading .deskt
ii  libgnome2-0          The GNOME 2 library -
runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0        A powerful object-oriented
ii  libgnomeui-0         The GNOME 2 libraries (User
ii  libgnomevfs2-0         1:2.20.1-1        GNOME Virtual File System
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.12.5-2          The GTK+ graphical user
ii  libice6                2:1.0.4-1         X11 Inter-Client Exchange
ii  libmozjs0d           The Mozilla SpiderMonkey
ii  libnspr4-0d            4.7.0-2           NetScape Portable Runtime
ii  liborbit2              1:2.14.10-0.1     libraries for ORBit2 - a
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.20.0-1          Layout and rendering of
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.15~beta5-3    PNG library - runtime
ii  libpopt0               1.10-3            lib for parsing cmdline
ii  libsm6                 2:1.0.3-1+b1      X11 Session Management
ii  libstartup-notificatio 0.9-1             library for program launch
ii  libstdc++6             4.3.0~rc2-1       The GNU Standard C++
Library v3
ii  libx11-6               2:1.0.3-7         X11 client-side library
ii  libxml2                2.6.31.dfsg-2     GNOME XML library
ii  libxrender1            1:0.9.4-1         X Rendering Extension
client libra
ii  libxslt1.1             1.1.22-1          XSLT processing library -
ii  libxul0d             Gecko engine library
ii  python2.4              2.4.4-7           An interactive high-level
ii  xulrunner-gnome-suppor        Support for Gnome in
xulrunner app
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library -

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