pasted URL always shortened even when turned off

Bug #896639 reported by Captain Chaos on 2011-11-26
This bug affects 6 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gwibber (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Gwibber always shortens pasted URL's, even when "automatically shorten pasted URLs is turned off".

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.10
Package: gwibber 3.2.1-0ubuntu1.3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.0.0-13.22-generic 3.0.6
Uname: Linux 3.0.0-13-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
ApportVersion: 1.23-0ubuntu4
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Nov 26 18:49:26 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
SourcePackage: gwibber
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to oneiric on 2011-11-23 (3 days ago)

Captain Chaos (launchpad-chaos) wrote :
Matt Fischer (mfisch) wrote :

I can confirm this behavior. Also, the URL shortening service used is not even one of the options given in gwibber. gwibber used for the URL I posted.

I will note that, in a browser, shows my URL as "". I do not know if twitter is auto-expanding that URL or whether gwibber didn't really post it with a shortened URL.

Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Captain Chaos (launchpad-chaos) wrote :

Matt, it's highly unlikely that Gwibber would be using As far as I know that is a private service created and exclusively used by Twitter.

Gwibber shows your tweets as downloaded from Twitter, not as you posted them, and Twitter unfortunately shortens every link using their own link shortener, whether you want it to or not, and whether it actually becomes shorter or not.

The behaviour I am seeing is that as soon as I paste a link into Gwibber, it gets shortened (using, in my case), so before it is even posted.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

ken can you please see this one i have also checked it with 3.3.3 and i am able to reproduce it. if we close the URL shorten option than there may be a possible that it displays that URL as it is and don't change
 as we see the bug so if the URL shorten is off or on it doesn't matter it displays the shorten URL

Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in gwibber:
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Ken VanDine (ken-vandine)
Luiz Gregorio (lggregorio) wrote :

Hi all,
I am also facing the same problem on Gwibber running on my machine. I use URL shortener option, however, sometimes I prefer to paste the URL without having it shortened, something like <>, which is simpler for others to understand.
Here the problem starts, even if I uncheck the option for automatically shortening and paste any URL there, it will be shortened by tinyurl or any service it is highlighted.
I also checked the config file where it reads:
<entry name="shorten_urls" mtime="1326835342" type="bool" value="false"/>

I am facing this problem on Ubuntu and also on Mint

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-03-20
Changed in gwibber:
status: New → Confirmed
Martin T. (mart-e) wrote :

I had a look at the code and I may have a lead. The url is automatically shortened with a copy-paste when the function URLShorten.Shorten is called without checking the settings "shorten-urls".

Strangely I couldn't find where it was called from, at least not from or (the only place I found where this function is called and anyway the setting is checked there).

The not-so-beautiful solution I found was to recheck the setting again in the function URLShorten.Shorten (cf my patch)

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tags: added: patch
Changed in gwibber:
assignee: Ken VanDine (ken-vandine) → nobody
milestone: none → 3.4
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Changed in gwibber:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in gwibber (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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