Friday, September 18, 2009

Dev Channel Update

UPDATE: 2009-09-22 - 4.0.211.7 is being pushed to Windows.  It contains 2 fixes, the first resolves the issue which prevented large downloads and the second is a stability fix which should resolve a number of crashes (bug 22135). Thank you for you again for your patience.


UPDATE: 2009-09-19 - 4.0.211.4 is being pushed to Windows and resolves this issues with bookmark synchronization. Thank you for your patience.

UPDATE: THIS RELEASE HAS BEEN HALTED DUE TO A CRASHING ERROR WITH --enable-sync.


This week's changes for the dev channel, 4.0.211.2, is being released to all platforms.

  • All
  • Win
    • Ensure that tips change when the Chrome language changes. [r25834]
  • Mac
    • Import from Firefox no longer hangs. [r25174]
    • Added SSL icons. [r26307]
    • Implement the search engine manager. [r26078]
    • Allow windows with a single tab to be merged into other windows with drag and drop.
    • Allow Snow Leopard systems to connect to certain IPv6-enabled web sites when only IPv4 is available. [r26051]
    • Prevent a sad tab when loading certain images on Snow Leopard. [r26089]
    • Don't show "Google Chrome did not shut down properly" when quit from the Dock, logout, restart, or shut down. [r26269]

  • Linux:
    • Make the bookmark toolbar folders act like a menu bar. [r25677]
    • Bookmark bar shows a menu on too many bookmarks. [r25200]
    • Implement external protocol handler dialog (e.g. for aim: URLs).[r25373]
    • Extensions can register page actions. [r25934]
    • Fix a crash when closing tabs that have open login prompts. [r26066]
    • Work around a Flash crash that mostly affects Gentoo users. [r26265]

  • Extensions
    • Enable/disable extension button on chrome://extensions
    • Update extensions now button to force autoupdate check on chrome://extensions
    • chrome.window and chrome.tab APIs can now reference relative URLs inside an extension

Known issues:

  • All
    • Large files do not download completely - bug 406
  • Linux:
    • Cannot be set as the default browser in GNOME (Already fixed by [r26314, r26316]).


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: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.



If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry.


Anthony Laforge

Google Chrome Program Manage

141 comments:

kost said...

Good.

Manish said...

I hope bug 406 is fixed soon

skyhard said...

the --enable-sync option doesn't seem to be working

Yogesh Chaudhari said...

the --enable-sync option doesn't seem to be working, crashes chrome immediately

Zebedee said...

Same here --enable-sync crashes chrome immediately

BobbyJ said...

Ditto here on --enable-sync

MWP said...

This update to Windows's Chrome is very poor!

Was it necessary two weeks for this?

Deception!

MWP said...

Bye bye, --enable-sync!!!

Fabio_Rulez said...

I have seriuos problem with this version... every time I open chrome it crashes immediatly. the only way to use it is in incognito mode. I'm on vista 64 bit. Don't know what to do :(

kost said...

Error parramtre launch Chrome "- enable-sync"

Fabio_Rulez said...

I had to disable all the extensions from chrome:extensions to make chrome work fine again. is that a problem of chrome or the rules for extensions changed?

Firehalk said...

Chrome simply crashes now when I open the new tab page. I did disable everything else, such as extensions, userscripts... no luck.

Anyone else having the same issue?

Alex said...

Same here, bug 22300 & 22309.
Can we expect a new build fast ?

Bob said...

I sure hope there is a new build fast. I disabled all extra switches and the problem still exists, probably due to extensions. I can't keep Chrome open for more than a second or two.

Matias said...

tener habilitado --enable-sync causa que el navegador falle

SzT said...

Adding --disable-extensions to the command line makes this build usable (I am on XP).

Wesley said...

Please fix issue 22320 that came up with this release today, it's preventing us to use bookmark sync by crashing chrome.

gridlocked said...

I'm in the same boat as Fabio the browser won't even open it immediately crashes. I uninstalled and downloaded a fresh dev same result.

I;m going to delete all my data and try a completely fresh install since the etension may be the problem otherwide drop back to beta.

seiichiro said...

My chrome has gone and has not startup again.

emlowry said...

I'm crashing on startup with --enable-sync as well. I've starred all three related issues that I could find: 22300, 22309, and 22329.

DIEGO said...

Very very very poor....Google, what happened? Where are the innovations??

Bob said...

@DIEGO,

Not sure why you're talking about "innovations" when you're subscribed to the dev channel. The beta channel is for the general public to help test. The dev channel is for when developers (or highly adventurous people) want to help test. Expect lots of things to go wrong in the dev channel. If you can't hang with that, subscribe to the beta channel instead... or perhaps the regular production channel.

Bruce said...

Why improve the New Tab page load performance and the slow it up by adding “handy hints” and extraneous invitations to “make this my home page”?

Bob said...

I agree. Perhaps there could be a small "options" link on the new tab page, allowing us to remove certain aspects? For instance, maybe I want the message letting me know that the bookmarks have failed to sync but don't need to be bothered to know each time they have successfully synced. Maybe I also want the thumbnails of frequently visited sites but don't need to see the "hints".

matthew tsang said...
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matthew tsang said...

seems that there is not much new exciting feature or new V8 engine improvement etc for windows lately...

btw, one interesting finding for drop down menu.
after i select a value from drop down menu, the menu won't close until i need to click somewhere else on the page......

is this a bug or "new feature" ??

Noel said...
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Noel said...

I am amaze with the speed on this build, except for crash with --enable-sync.

Hope they will fix this ASAP.

BTW,
I have same finding with matthew tsang.
1) The dropdown box won't close if you have select a value, until click somewhere.
2) The dropdown box won't open if dropping the list for 2nd time(click the arrow button on left to show the list, and click again to close the list, then click again and expect it will not drop down anymore).

Test said...

i have the same problem
seems to damage the enable syncronizing function!
now google chrome is USELESS!!! without syncing my bookmarks

Constantine said...

wmp plugin doesn't work

Jope said...

I'm also seeing the problem with drop down menus, you need to click elsewher for the menu to close...

Revanth said...

See Google, this is why you don't release updates on Fridays. We get stuck with issues like this over the weekend that could have been otherwise fixed by the next day with a small update. There are just too many usability bugs in this one.

skyhard said...

I don't understand Google anymore. They used to be such a great company, nowadays they don't do almost anything right. The new Docs interface is weeks late, this Chrome Dev release is totaly unusable, inovation has stopped in almost all products and they are posting mystery doodles instead of dealing with their products, some of wich need huge bugfixing and feature-adding.

Joao said...

@skyhard, Google is a great company and they still do great things. They are always inovating the internet. Just be pacient.

skyhard said...

@joao

Yes they are still a great company but its thing like this that make me wonder sometimes.

Silver Beacon Marketing said...

Using the --disable-extensions switch made Chrome stable for me again on Vista SP2.

houtxone said...

This release crashes constantly and I don't even use --enable-sync.

Will said...

I'm on a mac, and this new update installs some huge, ugly white bar on the bottom of the window. I see no way to remove it, and it essentially serves no purpose. Anyone know anything about this?

Phil said...

Gears seems to not work now also. Offline for gmail and calendar fail. Using enable/disable/enable doesn't fix. Deleting approval for gears and then re-enabling doesn't work. Seems like all sync features (bookmark, offline, etc.) have been knocked out by this release.

Aaron said...

The sense of entitlement from some people who signed up for a Development channel is really astounding.

@skyhard, diego, bob:
You're running a DEVELOPMENT branch! You CHOSE to run it! If you want to run stable software, use the STABLE branch! It's on version 3 and *gasp* stable! Even the Beta branch gets updated once a month or so!

If you can't handle a build that occasionally breaks, you've got no business running development software, much less whining about it like a spoiled child.

WM said...

Come on guys... stop complaining about the crashes, you are using the dev channel version... it is supposed to happen some times.
If you dont like crashed, go back to beta or stable channels and stop crying like little girls.

Its just a buggy release on the best browser on earth.

Keep up the good work guys!

Bob said...

@Aaron,

I'm not sure why you lumped me in with all of the "whiners". I only made one comment saying that I hope it is fixed soon (I only say this because I enjoy the bookmark sync feature)... that's it. I didn't "whine" and, in fact, when someone else "whined" I told them that, perhaps, they'd be better off on the beta or stable channel. So, the fact that you decided to lump me in with the whining crowd makes it look as though you aren't actually reading messages too carefully.

skyhard said...

I agree with you aaron, but what good is a dev release if 50% of the features don't work and you can't even test it. I have been on the dev channel since day one and never complained, but this build is just useless. Anyway, I know the team is doing the best they can so I don't blame them. And I hope the sync option will find its way into the beta branch soon, so I can finaly switch to the beta branch. I think that my dev days are over.

tommyla said...

makes sense for a developer build to have bugs hehe

Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

I really miss having "Clear browsing data" on the Tools menu. Even though it may be redundant, it's still very convenient! I don't know if anyone also wants "Import bookmarks & settings" on the Tools menu, but this may be advisable based on demand. Nevertheless, I am sure that many want "Clear browsing data" back on the Tools menu. Please bring it back!

joe said...

yeah there are some problems but thats what most of yo signed up for :P

there is also the ability to pin tabs, which means only the favicon is displayed! now i can save the screen real estate taken up by gmail and gcal!

Bob said...

@joe,

Thanks for letting me know about the "pin tab" feature. That's awesome. I used a similar add-on in firefox before I switched to chrome. This is great news.

gsctt said...
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gsctt said...

I'm amazed!
It's the first time that I see a release on SATURDAY.

Really ... the Google Chrome team doesn't stop.

We all thank you!

Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

I can't update to Version 4.0.211.4. I keep getting "Update server not available (error: 7)."

gsctt said...

Oops... There's a small problem here:

About Google Chrome > A new version of Google Chrome > Update Now > Installing new version... > Update server is not available (error:7).

I'm think maybe works later.

REO said...

Will NOT update to Version 4.0.211.4. I keep getting "Update server not available (error: 7)."

esck21 said...
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esck21 said...

I getting error 7 too.

Migman said...

NEW BAG!

http://s54.radikal.ru/i143/0909/91/05b64da80f8f.png

When starting the browser loaded the last page. Settings can not be changed.

Migman said...

)) not bag but bug ))

leyland said...

Same here, getting update server not available - error 7 after a awhile

Pras said...

i am also getting same Update Server Not Available (Error 7). on Windows 7 RC 7100. and i have googleupdate.exe running also but not works.

tsangcym said...

same here with the error.

anybody can upgrade to 4.0.211.4??

skyhard said...

nope. now its error 7. but I'm amazed that Google went all out and released an update on Saturday. Even though we can't download it. Way to go Google!!!

miya said...

update error 7 why?

Cookie Lee said...

I used to get error 7, but now I can update to 4.0.211.4. :]

Fabio_Rulez said...

nice... but my chrome still crashes if any extension is enabled! I don't have any command line... to make it work I have to disable all extensions... even gmail extension, that is a sample extension provide by google, make the browser to crash. anyone has the same problem? vista 32-bit :(

伽藍之洞 said...

Now I can update to 4.0.211.4,too.

Joao said...

I was able to install the new version. Can you guys install it now? And thanks Google for updating a DEV VERSION on weekends, I love you!

Mark Larson (Google) said...

Error 7 should now be fixed. We had a problem with the download server configuration, but it's fixed now.

(Yes, we're idiots for pushing a Dev release on a Friday. Thanks for your patience.)

esck21 said...

Yeah, it crashes with extensions on.

Joao said...

@matt I wouldn't say idiots :P

Red said...

Download files with this version 4.0.211.4 (also with 4.0.211.2) always terminate prematurely, usually around ~24/5MB.

Mehdi said...

@ above, its a known issue, refer above.

@ everyone, is it just me or does this version seem slow?

Giaco said...

Update works now but there is many problem's with stablity. Chrome hangs and restarting.
I turn on Chrome after error and i see in history 17 tab closed. I click on it and Chrome hangs again. Then I can't back to my tabs.

Windows 7

tsangcym said...

nm.. still have problem with the drop down menu...?

seiichiro said...

Is the problem sync bookmarks only?
I got updated 4.0.211.4. Though, I couldn't start Chrome without using "--disable-extensions". Also I couldn't start with enable extensions (now no switch) with no extension installed.

Thank you.

Firehalk said...

I'm still experiencing problems with Chrome start-up. I need remove all of my extensions now, in order to open Chrome.

- Windows XP SP3

firebolt said...

To be a temporary solution, I think you guy may start Chrome with "--incognito" to get it into incognito mode.

Chrome --incognito

seiichiro said...

self reply:
I have solved my problem. It was caused by one of my extensions.

Thanks Chrome!

Fabio_Rulez said...

filed issue 22414 for the problems on startup with extensions enabled. star the issue if you note the same problem please.

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=22414

Bob Billingslea said...

4.0.211.4 is still *very* unstable for me.

Having trouble continuing developing the extension because it is so bad.

Mehdi said...

Beta moving to version 4 and Dev to version 5, I guess?

Gappa said...

Found a bug with the select element - it can be clicked only once (it opens the options), after closing and trying to reopen nothing happens.

The same happens if I focus it using keyboard and then "refocus" it.

Elektra said...

Dropdown menus won't hide =(
Vista x86

gsctt said...

@Elektra, confirmed.
This is the Issue 22120.

Please, who want to follow, star there.

ejcyrax said...

Yep. Dropdownmenus won't close on item selection

ATG said...

This version crash when I open it from my configuration (with scripts, extensions and sync).

When I make a clean instalation chrome goes ok, but when I install an extension (the sample extensions, in fact, gmail notifier and that) crashes over and over again. So, I can't use extensions for now =(


Greetings from Chile, sorry for my english =P

ATG said...

By the way, I use Win7 RC.

bers said...

Same as ATG. I HAVE to use --disable-extensions, otherwise it crashes immediately. However, Google Apps GMail works.

Mit said...

Drop Down menu won't hide automatically after select. Huge one :(

Thanks,
Miral.

klu said...

After this update I have a 30 pixel high bar at the bottom of the window. It's just empty.

I'm using the Mac build with 10.6.1.

Andreas Schmidt said...

same as atg and bers
I have xmarks alpha and google sync enabled for sync and adsweep as a extension. I'm only able start chrome when I --disable-extensions.

Khalsa said...

Chrome fails to display the left menu correctly on pages using mediawiki: http://www.centralgurdwara.org

Pratik Thakkar said...

Major problems with dropdowns. They are just not usable. Drop downs won't open for a second time on a given page.

Hope this is fixed ASAP.

Олег said...

Error with comboboxes in Properties

Pratik Thakkar said...

Problem with copying. When I select any text and press Ctrl + C or right click and select copy, I get the grey window with the below message.
"Aw, Snap! Something went wrong while displaying this webpage. To continue, press Reload or go to another page."

Seems like copy function is creating a problem.

Mehdi said...

This version is buggy, but what disappoints me is that, its slow. :(

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Blaster219 said...

Lastest build is working perfectly for me. Then again, I turned off bookmark sync a few builds back when it started duplicating bookmarks after syncing. I read an online manga and I have a bookmark I change every time I get to the end of a chapter. The syncing feature kept syncing the updated bookmark and then adding the original to the bottom of the menu. Very annoying so I disabled it.

Plus, at some point they fixed the really annoying bug that was preventing me from dragging tabs between browser windows. Nice

houtxone said...

4.0.211.4 crashes twice upon opening but is fairly stable after that. I have not disabled extensions. The only 2 that I have active at the moment are Gmail checker & Aniweather.

I too have trouble with the drop down menus; won't hide after select and sometimes won't drop down at all.

Vivek Dashore said...

wmp plugin not working

Alistair said...

So far this build is "ok" but for sure there are issues when installing certain extensions causing Chrome to crash in a loop. So far I had to purge my cache and redo my profile to get everything up and isolate which extensions are breaking Chrome. Hopefully a new build will be out before the end of the week.

Amorworx said...

Hi team!

Despite the fact that the combo-boxes won't close after selection (very annoying) this is a fairly stable version. Keep up the good work!

Cheers,

Bert.

klu said...

This is clearly one of the less stable versions for the Mac at least. After blocking several tabs even if working in another application, I decided to go back to Firefox for the moment.

So I closed down Chrome but now I see that a Google Chrome Helper process is still active in the background and that it consumes 95% of CPU resources.

No good.

the lay enthusiast said...

re: r25220 - Thanks guys!

Pece said...

wmp plugin not working

SHJordan said...

I can't open google chrome... I mean... it is... VERY crashful... what can I do? When will be a newer update!

Bob said...

@SHJordan,

Your options are to either include the switch --disable-extensions to turn off extensions when running chrome.exe... OR, reinstall Chrome and switch to the BETA or STABLE channel.

The DEV channel is for developers who want to help test and debug Chrome, not those who want to use it on a daily basis and expect it to be stable and crash-free.

The MAZZTer said...

Having GMail and Google Reader extensions installed (first is from the Example Extensions page on the Chrome dev site, the other is a third-party one based on the first) causes Chrome to crash on startup after a few seconds as it populates the extensions toolstrip.

Workaround is to quickly navigate to another page so the new tab page isn't visible while the extensions load. Once they load you can use the new tab page without crashing.

Set your home page to somewhere else for a better workaround.

gridlocked said...

I copied the bookmarks, webdata and cookies from chrome, uninstalled it installed the latest Chromium build copied bookmarks, webdata and cookies into Chromium, reinstalled my extensions and I'm back in business.

commandzero200 said...

YouTube videos takes a long time to load since i got this new version 4.0.211.4

Before YouTube Videos loaded smoothly now it loads like 5 secs then takes like a minute to load another 5 secs.

I know it's Chrome issue since it doesn't happens on Mozilla Firefox

Sushubh said...

drop down menu problem happening here as well. chrome on vista.

ViaTorci said...

Cannot download files larger than 40.9 mb. Win 7 pro RTM.

Олег said...

How about add field for count of Most visited Tabs?

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dbone said...

the drop down menu problem is incredibly annoying

Cakalaky said...

On version 4.0.211.4 - Crashes about 50% of opening Chrome.

Adrian said...

Hey all,

Drop-downs do not close on first selection. Then become unusable (cannot change selected value) on 2nd attempt to change value.


Multi-selection of checkboxes in (gulp) hotmail disabled.

gsctt said...

DROPDOWN MENU CRASHES STILL ONLY FIXED IN THE TRUNK.

ISSUE 22120.

Vellknown said...

I noticed that Gmail sync is going on for ages now. Is anyone else seeing the same problem?

ATG said...

The 4.0.211.7 version is just perfect for now!

Thanks a lot =)

Pras said...

now extensions are working

Алексей said...

Thanks guys!
Now Chrome works stable, bookmarks are syncing and don't crash the browser.

Pras said...

when window is in normal state the extension bar looks odd and when it's maximized it's ok with no problem.

Олег said...

The 4.0.211.7 better, but not perfect: problem with radiobuttons (can't choose only one) in propetries of Chrome.

Will said...

Holy christ, how do I get rid of this obnoxious white bar at the bottom?? Also, cannot import bookmarks on mac

ぼてじゃこ said...
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Christian said...

Yesterday I had version 4.0.211.4 and found a cool feature: Dragging a tab all the way to the left would shrink so that the title of the tab went away. I thought this was a very cool feature for my always-open windows. Today it's been updated to 4.0.211.7 and this feature is gone :-( Does anyone know what happened?

tsangcym said...

@Christian,

didn't know there is such feature before, but anyway, you can try right click a tab and select Pin tab. :)

Christian said...

@tsangcym

Thanks, that works! I also found out that the dragging method does still work - just not always ;-)

Mehdi said...

It still works as christian said, and its awesome. :D

filipeo2 said...

@Christian,

Incredible, thanks a lot! It works in 4.0.211.7. If you drag the tab to the left corner and hold for 1/2 second, it shrinks!

Amazing. All that I needed =P

Sorry my english.

Jethro said...

The new Pin Tab feature is awesome.

I suddenly can't change any of my options though.

Anyone have the same glitches?

Bob said...

Same problem here. Radio buttons are not working in options.

dbone said...

this is the buggiest release in a long time and i dont enjoy it.

Steven said...

I'm getting annoyed at video getting stuck between advert and video starting.

Sam said...

Bookmark sync is still not working for me. Clicking on "Synchronize my bookmarks.." does nothing.Is it same for everyone?

Vellknown said...

Is anyone else facing the same problem as me? The Sync for offline has been going for the last two days. Please let me know if you guys have no issue.

Vellknown said...

@Sam, When I click on Bookmark Sync the pop-up that opens shows that the bookmarks have been synced "Just Now"

Khalsa said...

I just keep getting constant crashes, I cannot last more than 2 minutes. I have been using Chrome now or many months and this is the only version that is doing it. "Whoa Google Chrome has crashed". Very frustrating and unusable. I have gone back to Firefox until it gets fixed.

Murat said...

Drop down does not close after selection on any web site....

Ramon Cancino said...

Options/Basics/On Startup: can't enter website addresses to open on startup.

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