[Bug 923944] Re: Forcing middlemouse.contentLoadURL to false is confusing

Andy Smith 923944 at bugs.launchpad.net
Mon Jan 30 21:10:49 UTC 2012

** Description changed:

  I restarted Firefox yesterday and my middle mouse button behaviour
  changed. I had previously changed middlemouse.contentLoadURL to true in
  order that a middle mouse paste would load the URL in the clipboard.
  When I looked, that had been changed to false.
  I changed it back to true, but this change did not persist past a
  restart of the browser. Searching the web for information about this
  found nothing related to middlemouse.contentLoadURL, and just a few
  recommendations to make settings in user.js instead. Irritating, but OK.
  But that doesn't work either.
  Eventually I found
  /usr/lib/firefox-9.0.1/extensions/ubufox at ubuntu.com/defaults/preferences
  pref("middlemouse.contentLoadURL", false); //setting to false disables
  pasting urls on to the page
  I do not understand why this is considered worth overriding in a system
  This was pointed out to me:
  This may have been less surprising to me if I had been experiencing it
  since 2004, however I did not experience it until the last upgrade of
  Start-Date: 2012-01-28  20:57:32
  Install: xul-ext-ubufox (0.9.3-0ubuntu0.10.04.3), firefox-locale-en (9.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2)
  Upgrade: xserver-xorg (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), language-pack-en-base (10.04+20110204, 10.04+20110931), xserver-xorg-video-all (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), libicu42 (4.2.1-3, 4.2.1-3ubuntu0.10.04.1), ubufox (0.9~rc2-0ubuntu2.1, 0.9.3-0ubuntu0.10.04.3), language-pack-gnome-en-base (10.04+20110204, 10.04+20110931), xutils (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), firefox (3.6.24+build2+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1, 9.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2), xserver-xorg-input-all (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), firefox-gnome-support (3.6.24+build2+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1, 9.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2), x11-common (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), xorg (7.5+5ubuntu1, 7.5+5ubuntu1.1), firefox-branding (3.6.24+build2+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.10.04.1, 9.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2), language-pack-en (10.04+20110204, 10.04+20110931), language-pack-gnome-en (10.04+20110930, 10.04+20110931)
  End-Date: 2012-01-28  20:58:04
  My preference is obviously different to the person asking for this
  setting to be changed, so I am biased towards it not being done at all.
  But if it must be done then is it possible to find a less confusing way?
  I'm running 10.04.
  ii  firefox             9.0.1+build1-0ubunt Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla
- ii  firefox-branding    9.0.1+build1-0ubunt Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - transitional 
+ ii  firefox-branding    9.0.1+build1-0ubunt Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - transitional
  ii  firefox-gnome-suppo 9.0.1+build1-0ubunt Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - GNOME support
  ii  firefox-locale-en   9.0.1+build1-0ubunt English language pack for Firefox
  ii  ubufox              0.9.3-0ubuntu0.10.0 transitional dummy package
  ii  xul-ext-ubufox      0.9.3-0ubuntu0.10.0 Ubuntu-specific configuration defaults and apt support
+ Oh, I thought I better add: it's possible this has always been the
+ behaviour in Ubuntu's firefox and I haven't noticed as it's one of the
+ first things I change. What may have changed is Firefox overriding
+ about:config / user.js with the settings from the extension.

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