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The Ubuntu upgrade for Firefox to version 12.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 broke the Ctrl+W and Ctrl+U keybindings in all my edit controls.

Other people asking for "Emacs editor controls" have found Firemacs useful -- but Firemacs does not provide a kill-word or kill-line field to bind with. Customize Shortcuts is often recommended as another approach, but it too does not provide kill-word or kill-line commands in its settings window.

I'm running Natty (11.04) but I have a suspicion it has more to do with Firefox than with the specific distribution.

How do I get my ^W and ^U keybindings back?


I have made a fresh install of Precise (12.04) -- while keeping my home directory's contents -- and Firefox 12.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 also demonstrates this problem.

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I believe I've found the problem; enabling all my plugins one at a time has revealed that the problem only exists with the (otherwise excellent) Vimperator plugin enabled.

Disabling Vimperator fixes the text area, text field, and input boxes ^W and ^U handling but at the cost of removing all the keyboard shortcuts I am familiar with. High cost.

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