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Linux Mint Custom Google Search

Do you have some Firefox plug-ins that utilize the Google search results, but no longer work because Linux Mint 10 has a customized Google search?

NOTE: I don’t recommend disabling this unless you really, really need it. Linux Mint relies on that search feature to generate income so that they can keep on producing a quality Linux distribution. If you do disable it you should make a monetary donation to them.

That said, I have some SEO related plug-ins for Firefox which rely on Google’s standard output in order to function properly. Since there is no equivalent for Google Chrome or Chromium, I cannot use it as an alternative. There is a way, though, to add the standard Google search to Firefox and use it when you need to and then use the Linux Mint version when you don’t. This way you can still contribute to the Linux Mint project so we can continue to enjoy using it.

Here’s what you do.

On my system:

mkdir /home/steve/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins

Then create a new file using your favorite editor:

nano /home/steve/.mozilla/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins/google.xml

Paste the following XML into it:

<searchplugin xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/">              
<shortname>Google Search</shortname>                                            
<description>Google Search</description>                                        
<inputencoding>UTF-8</inputencoding>                                            
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<url type="application/x-suggestions+json" method="GET" template="http://suggestqueries.google.com/complete/search?output=firefox&amp;client=firefox&amp;q={searchTerms}"/>
<url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://www.google.com/search">
  <param name="q" value="{searchTerms}"/>
  <param name="ie" value="utf-8"/>
  <param name="oe" value="utf-8"/>
  <param name="aq" value="t"/>
  <!-- Dynamic parameters -->
  <mozparam name="client" condition="defaultEngine" trueValue="firefox-a" falseValue="firefox"/>
</url>
<searchform>http://www.google.com/firefox</searchform>
</searchplugin>

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