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estibot Level 1 Level 1

I've noticed an extremely weird and significant bug in Safari 6 / Mountain Lion:


When I'm navigating through a site, sometimes when clicking a link, Safari tries to open the corresponding URL on a previously visited site's domain instead of the current site.


For example:


First, I'm surfing on Then, I navigate to another site, say On, I click on a link that should take me to:


Instead, safari takes me to, which of course produces a 'not found' error. Nothing wrong with the link; this is purely Safari's doing.


This happens often, and apparently can happen with any site.


In other words, the domain name of a previously visited site persists in the URL, and the page that I'm trying to navigate to is added to the domain of the PREVIOUS site, not the actual site I'm using.


This is a major bug and is often rendering Safari useless for my workflow. How could a bug like this end up in the finished product?




MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Try as I may I cannot replicate this, nor have I ever seen this occur on my system.


    Suppose you create a new user account on your computer, then log into the new account. Can you still replicate the problem?

  • estibot Level 1 Level 1

    Kappy, I'll try that when I have a chance. It'll be interesting to see if others have had this same problem. Thanks for your response.

  • cb171 Level 1 Level 1

    I've been having the same problem since the developer releases. Thought it'd get fixed by GM, but I guess no such luck. Even tried removing GlimmerBlocker, but still having that problem.


    There seems to be no rhyme or reason to why the two domains get "linked" and trying to navigate to that link ever again is useless until you restart Safari.

  • Mattias Pfeiffer Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same issue as you're describing - relative links 'redirects' to a previously visited domain. It's extremely annoying and I've had to drop Safari for my daily use. How can a bug like this pass QA?

  • Qerub Level 1 Level 1

    I'm also affected by this bug.

  • tom vdv Level 1 Level 1

    Have the same issue.  More so, when opening a new tab in Safari, it opens with an old URL in it, and doesn't let me choose from bookmarks.  Only option is to close Safari and start over again... 


    Anyone have an idea to avoid or solve?

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    If you still need help with this, try a different DNS server...


    Open System Preferences / Preferences then select the Network tab. Click the Advanced tab then click the DNS tab.


    Click +


    Enter these addresses exactly as you see them here.



    Click +



    Then click OK.



    Quit then relaunch Safari to test.

  • tom vdv Level 1 Level 1

    Added the two addresses, relaunched Safari, issue still not solved...

  • S. Kaliko Trapp Level 1 Level 1

    I have a similar problem: Safari does not update the URL bar properly until you click in the address bar itself. Then, when you click out of the address bar, it reverts back to the simple domain name. For example, it was just showing "" as the current URL; but when I clicked in it, it showed "". Then it went right back to "" after I clicked in this text box. THIS IS A MAJOR BUG!


    It bugs me so much (I develop websites and expect to have an accurate URL address bar), I am going to have to use Chrome until Apple gets it fixed. Really hope they can do ASAP.

  • cyxer Level 1 Level 1

    I also get this MAJOR BUG. Safari 6 behavoir is completely erratic on URLs.

    Does anyone knows how to downgrade to Safari 5 ?

  • fgaldo Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem, but I'm using Lion.

  • Kenneth Penkowski Level 1 Level 1

    Having the same problem. It is randomly consistent, i.e. some links consistently get redirected to a specific domain. For example, I am experiencing this issue when using Basecamp and links being misdirected to a specific client's website. However, the criteria for why some links redirect and some do not appears random. This issue does not occur in Firefox. This leads me to believe that it is not a DNS issue. May be a Safari/DNS pair issue or solely a Safari issue. We do use an internal DNS (OS X Server) for browsing internal development wbsites which then rolls over to a public DNS. Again, this problem has never occured in Firefox and consistently occurs in Safari.

    • Safari Version 6.0 (7536.25)
    • Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4


    On a side note...

    Safari's strong-handed rewriting in the address bar as you type is crazy anoying. Or should I say "too helpful?" It seems to break the first rule of usuability: don't change the interface while the user is interacting with it.

    And the unified address/search is rediculously annoying for developers who use non-complient top level domains for internal development (such as .dev)

    And the new inspector seems like a huge step backwards in usuability. (debatable considering I'm probably not as advanced as some developers.)

  • Soulgood Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem over here... Why isn't Apple helping us?

  • _guys Level 1 Level 1

    Same issues folks, since I've updated Safari to 6.0. I'm running it with a 10.7.4.

    As others, I drop Safari and use Chrome to get a similar dev environment ...

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