Upgrade causes loss of all firefox settings (?)
cwhiteh at onetel.com
Wed Feb 13 13:16:26 UTC 2013
On 12/02/2013 21:38, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> In general, I don't upgrade my ports very often, so up until recently
> I was running a fairly old version of firefox (firefox-15.0.1,1).
> But over the weekend, I moved everything over to a new drive
> containing the latest 9.1-RELEASE FreeBSD, and with a complete set
> of freshly rebuilt ports, including the latest firefox 18.0.1.
> (As part of this process, I copied my entire /home directory over
> to the new drive.)
> So anway, mostly everything is still working ok, however at some
> time during this process, firefox apparently lost track of all
> of my personal settings... my start page, all of my bookmarks,
> and all of my saved web site user IDs an passwords.
> I looked in the /usr/ports/UPDATING file for some clue as to why
> this might have happened and found none.
> Looking into this issue a bit deeper, I've now learned that all of
> one's personal settings are stored in a directory having a name which
> has the following general form:
> where the "????????" part is some eight character apparently random
> combination of lower case letters and digits.
> The odd thing is that it appears that all of my old firefox setting
> are still alive and well and living under a subdirectory of the
> ~/.mozilla/firefox directory called "4up9dkb1.default". However it
> does also appear that my execution of firefox, for the first time, on
> this new system I've been putting together has resulted in the creation
> of a brand new parallel subdirectory, located in the same directory as
> my original personal settings .default directory, but this new one is
> named "nh2ykiym.default". And now, firefox is apparently saving and
> retrieving my (new set of) personal settings out of that new directory.
> So, um, what gives? Why did this happen? And more to the point,
> can I get back all of my personal settings just via the following
> seemingly intutive commands:
> rm -fr nh2ykiym.default
> mv 4up9dkb1.default nh2ykiym.default
> or will that break something else in some obscure but annoying way?
Is there a file .mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini? If so it should list
which profile to use. Just change it to the one you want and it should
I'm using an older version so don't know how the latest works
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