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Firefox address bar interpreters any string as a domain if you have: dot string before it

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I've tried addons (omnibar, foobar) that I expected would fix this issue, which is basically in this example:

website.com -> will be interpreted as a domain, which it should do. program.callprocess -> will be interpreted as a domain, which it should not.

But neither did that.

So I'm wondering if it is even possible or if this is something only Firefox devs can do?

EDIT: ironically here it is interpreted as it should.

I've tried addons (omnibar, foobar) that I expected would fix this issue, which is basically in this example: website.com -> will be interpreted as a domain, which it should do. program.callprocess -> will be interpreted as a domain, which it should not. But neither did that. So I'm wondering if it is even possible or if this is something only Firefox devs can do? EDIT: ironically here it is interpreted as it should.

Modified by hurkburk

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Hi hurkburk, I like to think of it as a question of one word vs. multiple words. If there are no spaces in the "query" then Firefox checks DNS, whether the "word" has dots or not (internal addresses often do not have dots).

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Yes that's what I also noticed, but if we were to look at ex. Chrome it handles it pretty well (I don't really see it being hard fixing this, since you could just have a silent DNS/hostname lookup and if it's not a DNS/hostname interpreter it as a search string).

Although I do not know if it can handle custom domains well (Firefox would 99.9% of the time get it right since it interpreters dot string as domains no matter what, while Chrome from my guess uses the "domain standard list").

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You can disable keyword search (keyword.enable = false) and use a (one letter) keyword search for searching via the location bar.
You can add a keyword to an installed search engine via Manage Search Engines (click the search engines icon on the search bar) and you can add a keyword to a bookmark in the Bookmarks Manager (Show All Bookmarks).

That will allow to switch easily between search engines when you search via the location bar and there also is no problem with a one word search.