Friday, February 12, 2010

Dev Channel Update

The dev channel has been updated to 5.0.322.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms


  • [r38242] Don't crash when a theme specifies a nonexistent image. (Issue: 31719)

  • [r38319] Honor modifiers for clicks on home button – cmd-clicking the home button now opens your home page in a new tab. (Issue: 34900)
  • [r38204] Implemented writing direction context menu in text input fields.
  • [r38504] Add local storage nodes to the cookie manager (Issue: 33068)

  • [r38320] Use of Freetype's emboldening for fonts that don't provide bold. Fixes the sometimes blurry bold fonts. (Issue: 22360)
  • [r38372] Can now drag and drop bookmarks from Firefox. (Issue: 34141)
  • [r38246] Implement content blocking address bar icons and bubbles (Issue: 33314)

Native Client
  • Chrome for Linux and Mac OS 10.6 can now run Native Client modules directly, no plugin required. To enable this features, run Chrome with the following command line flags --internal-nacl --enable-gpu-plugin --no-sandbox.

    WARNING: This should only be used to experiment with Native Client, disabling the sandbox for normal web browsing is dangerous and is not recommended.

  • Platform-independent NPAPI extensions for 2D, 3D, and mouse/keyboard events are now available.
  • We'd like to hear from you. Please send feedback to,

  • [r38239] Don't crash when extensions use cookie. (Issue: 34649)
  • [r38407] Preserve order of browser actions across extension autoupdate. (Issue: 33401)
  • Implemented overflow and reordering of browser actions (this was actually in the last update, but missed the release notes)

Known Issues
  • Linux: Crash when editing a bookmark in the bookmark manager (Issue: 35438)
  • All: Chrome doesn't show popup blocker bubble (Issue: 35594)
  • Mac/Linux: Can't save cookie settings (Issue: 35307)

More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

Karen Grunberg
Google Chrome



Blogger Chris O'Brien said...

i don't understand the revisions made to windows. what does blocking address bar icons and bubbles mean?

3:18 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Onestone said...

Why does the Linux .deb version suddenly start depending on the 'lsb' package? This pulls lots of useless junk, e.g. a mail transport agent with it. I don't need a MTA on my laptop, thanks.

The previous dev build (5.0.307.5) didn't have this dependency.

3:23 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Mark Lee Chu Yong said...

the ability to pin tabs has yet to make a comeback.

3:33 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why has Linux deb version depends on hell lot of packages?

3:36 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Karen Grunberg said...

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3:39 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Karen Grunberg said...

Chris, that was actually a linux change so I moved that to linux and the other change was already mostly in the previous dev release so I removed it. apologies for the confusion. You can find more detail by clicking on revision number or the issue number.

3:41 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger REO said...

Looking good so far!

Great job!

4:07 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger csulok said...

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4:07 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger csulok said...

Is it just me or were Pinned tabs removed from the Linux version?

Is this a known issue?

4:08 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@csulok pinned tabs gone in Linux version..

and backspace key isn't working as well

4:49 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...

Please bring back pin tab feature!

5:35 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Guillaume said...

We can no longer pin the tabs on the Windows version... :( Otherwise, this version is very fast and promising !

6:42 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Translating bar is annoying, it's always visible.

Sorry for my poor english.

8:10 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Влад said...

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9:10 PM, February 12, 2010  
Blogger Lumo said...

Alehox, just click at Options in the right side of the translate bar, and order Chrome to never translate the given language again. You will only do it N times where N is the number of languages you often browse and understand.

10:47 PM, February 12, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you let us know more about each version.
Not only bugs but new features and other things about the version.
Something like Opera Desktop team blog.

For instance you added partial support for the File API in version 5 which isn't mentioned anywhere.

12:41 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger imrabti said...

The Sluggish Issue during Scrolling on OS X Still Exist, When Will it be Solved.
Please google the Only thing that push me from not using your browser is this problem.
Wish it will be fixed soon.

1:48 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Charlie Laffer said...

Bring back Pin Tab please! Also bring back the blue theme on Mac version, gray looks boring :-(

2:23 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Miguelito said...


What happened with pinned tabs in all OS releases? It's a very usefull feature!

Please, bring up pinned tabs again! :P

Moreover, good job, dev team!!!

Thank you so much!

4:42 AM, February 13, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pinned tabs remain missing in this build in the Windows version. First disappeared in the previous dev build.

I echo the request to get them back!

6:51 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger XDRAGON360 said...


8:37 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Sri Ramanujam said...

I'd like my pinned tabs back now, please. Or at least a reason why they were taken away.

10:09 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Lumo said...

After a Saturday of usage, I must say it's an excellent build.

11:56 AM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger L. F. O. Martins said...

No pinned tabs?? Back to the Mac beta version... =(

12:00 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Duncan Idaho said...

Will the pin function come back ?

I hope so :(

12:57 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Pink Freud said...

Why was the "pin tab" feature removed???? That's a HUGE downside! I don't understand why it would be removed. I keep all of my frequent sites (gmail, facebook, reader, etc) pinned, and now that's ruined. Please bring it back!

2:43 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger divilex said...


3:03 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger N-Key said...

Thank's .. Happy

4:00 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger vhanla said...

When are you going to fix the mouse's cursor on (context)menues, the current pointer's hotspot is in the half, not in the arrowhead (the topmost pixel) it's a little annoying to be clicking on the wrong area.

5:52 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Chris O'Brien said...

haven't noticed any problems with the cursor, hotspot is definitely in the head (win 7)

8:35 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger ATG said...


We all want it back!

9:18 PM, February 13, 2010  
Blogger Grouchal said...

Can someone at least explain where the pin tabs went? And when can we expect them back?

3:51 AM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger JuL said...

Still showing the bug...

4:45 AM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger nhnl said...

On Windows, pinning from contextual menu will be back in upcoming 324.x (or greater).
Pinning by DnD and "--pinned-tab-count" are currently disabled even in the development tree.

10:16 AM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger JaMacD said...

Why would you remove pin tabs for this dev release and keep it in the Beta release? Moving to the Beta release now. I use pin tabs all of the time. I don't get it. I hope this feature comes back or someone adds it as an extension.

7:12 PM, February 14, 2010  
Blogger M said...

Backspace in browsing and enter in ctrl-f search box not working, hope these get fixed in the next release. Otherwise everything is good for me.

1:54 AM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger vhanla said...

About the cursor pointer I mentioned above, it happens rarely.

I got a little problem with onblur event in javascript.
When I focus with javascript to a SELECT element and after that when clicking it to choose its options, the onblur event triggers.

I have tested with IE8, Firefox 3.6, Opera 10.5beta and Safari 4 but onblur doesn't trigger until I really click outside of SELECT element.

The same "bug" happens on chromium too.

BTW: I'm using XP SP3

6:12 AM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger Max_Might said...

Why does the .deb package pull so many new packages?

1:25 PM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger Miro said...

Yeah, the removal of "pin tab" feature, and the addition of the not very subtle translation bar make this release less pleasant than the other. Hope you guys have a plan to make bring back the pin feature in future release. Otherwise, keep up the good work!!!

8:39 PM, February 15, 2010  
Blogger bongobongo said...

This version have a nasty bug as described in link below (also have example file to reproduce bug):

Would really appreciate if some chrome dev. could get this bug assigned ASAP.

I belive this is a WebKit bug since it also affects some versions of Safari for MAC

7:05 AM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Chris O'Brien said...

does incognito mode support the new privacy settings of flash 10.1?

5:34 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Venkat Jasti said...

I already have Java Version 6 Update 18. But Chrome is NOT recognizing it. Any remedy for this. This really keeps me away from my most frequen websites.

6:50 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, but ¿Can you enable translating bar -in this language- later?

thank you again

7:08 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Senthil Kumar said...

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2:07 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Senthil Kumar said...

@Venkat, search for 'java for chrome' and install that one. You should be good to go.

2:08 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger AladinSane said...

Does the "cookie settings" bug ( that appears in Linux build have a work around?
Google web sites (igoogle,gmail,etc.) will not let me sign in without cookies enabled... and, of course, I can't enable them.
This prevents me from using my favorite browser... I think I am have withdrawals.. :-(

5:11 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger pgk2008 said...

I was tempted by the '5' in the version number and the lack of crash reports here, but within one hour of installing this version I got my first Chrome crash in many weeks ('whoa'). Running Win7 x64.

7:57 AM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any idea when the Beta version of Windows will get updated?

8:33 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Paul said...

I have to echo AladinSane's comments regarding the cookie issue - I know it's known and even listed in the blog post, but it's REALLY annoying - I even had to use Firefox to submit this comment, because I couldn't post it in Chrome using my Google Account...

I shudder to think how many new items I'll have to trudge through in Google Reader when I can get back into it...

3:31 PM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Tim said...

Why does this build suck? No pinned tabs, and all of my extensions are really stupid now.

10:13 PM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Matt said...

Seriously, the backspace accelerator (history -> back) functionality needs to be reimplemented. I realize this was by design, but it was a bad idea. Probably best not to remove functionality while waiting for an implementation of user options. Instead, leave that functionality alone until such time as the user is able to turn it off in settings.

The rationale that Mozilla turns this off by default doesn't make sense. Not default != Removed.

That move just alienated a huge swath of users with no work-around. For me, a single-key back feature is crucial to speedy Google searches (jump to result page, back, jump to next page, back). I am abandoning Chrome for now, considering it broken/unusable.

At the very least, I hope that it will be reintroduced as an option in a future build. I'd like to resume using Chrome at some point in the future.

12:35 PM, February 18, 2010  
Blogger carl dewever said...

Please remove this translator toolbar that appears all the time.

As an english developer you don't see it that often i guess
but for european users of chrome that surf us websites it is really very annoying.

70% of my top 10 most visited sites are either english or french and all the time I get this stupid proposal to translate the page.

12:27 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger Carl said...

Seriously? You removed the backspace-as-back-button without making it possible to re-enable it for those people for whom it's an essential part of their browsing experience?

I can understand changing the behavior if you make it optional, but this just broke the browser for a *lot* of people.

I'm off to use Firefox until Chrome gets fixed. Please fix it soon!

7:03 AM, February 19, 2010  
Blogger Guillaume said...

Hey guys, remember this version 5 is currently in development ! If you're not satisfied, simply use the stable version 4 of Google Chrome ! However, regarding this version, I must admit to prefer the old pop-ups blocker, not this new one (which appears in the omnibox)... Keep the old, please.

Besides, when will be published the beta version for Windows ? I cannot wait anymore ! :)

8:09 PM, February 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a search function for the bookmarks in the bookmark-bar would be great

11:55 PM, February 22, 2010  
Blogger Paul said...

I've had to jump ship to the beta version (linux), since no dev channel release has come yet to fix the cookie settings issue or reimplement backspace = history->back. They're both major issues for me - I couldn't log in to anything which uses Google Accounts thanks to the cookie issue, and I constantly use backspace to go back a page.

1:17 PM, February 23, 2010  
Blogger Mr.Wizard said...

Also according to this

I believe that this version should have new auto-fill functionality

1:02 PM, February 24, 2010  

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