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On a Debian system I use

  • Mozilla Iceweasel 10.0.11, with
  • Vimperator 3.5.

I want to change the search engine which vimperator (not iceweasel) seems to use by default.

If I type things like :open thing_I_wanna_lookup vimperator opens Google to search. I already changed the keyword.URL-entry in the about:config and also the I couldn't find any other suspicious entries containing "google" somewhere. There are entries containing "google" – but they don't seem to have anything to do with searches. I didn't want to blindly change them.

If I use the regular adress bar to type in stuff and then press enter, it really uses my preferred search engine and not Google.

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So, is it or is it not using your preferred search engine? Your last line is a bit confusing. – DragoonHP Jan 21 '13 at 10:39
It does when I type search_item in the regular adress bar which is part of the gui. I mean the one on top that you always have, even without vimperator installed. It does not when I type :open search_item in the command prompt for vimperator at the bottom. – k.stm Jan 21 '13 at 15:02
up vote 8 down vote accepted

EDIT: You need to use this command :set defsearch=[search engine name] and not the one I suggested earlier.

Enter :dialog searchengines and a a Dialogue box will pop up with a list of available search engines.

Select the one you want and press Okay.

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This doesn't work (yet). But by removing Google from the list of search engines shown in the dialog, at least it doesn't search with Google by default. +1 for that. – k.stm Jan 21 '13 at 15:45
:set defsearch=yahoo I can't believe I made such a mistake. Sorry. – DragoonHP Jan 22 '13 at 5:23
Thanks. I can't believe I didn't find this in the vimperator help pages! – k.stm Jan 22 '13 at 8:49
:set defsearch=google works for the FireFox 34 update, which set the default to Yahoo. – John Brodie Dec 12 '14 at 16:42

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