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Old 07-26-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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Importing Mozilla bookmarks DIRECTLY from floppy

I would like to use Mozilla's "Import" command to import bookmarks from floppy drive. [like I do in Windows]

When I click on "Tools" then "Import" an "Import Bookmarks File" window pops up:

There is a small "Look In" window and the main window which shows three files.

Desktop, Mail and evolution

My present [VERY contorted] method is to "drag" a copy of the bookmarks file from the floppy drive on to the desktop, then highlite the Desktop file [in the window mentioned above] to bring the new bookmarks file from the floppy into Mozilla.

What I hope to do, is revise the "Look In" window to include the floppy drive. Or perhaps someone has an even easier procedure. The "Mozilla Help" is really no help with this, at least I can't find it.
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Just out of curiosity: which version of Mozilla are you
using? I've got 1.7 on the slack-notebook and 1.5 on
my windows-work box, neither of which have import
on their tools-menu ...

Old 07-26-2004, 04:53 PM   #3
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Here's how to import bookmarks in Mozilla 1.6.
Click Bookmarks
From the dropdown list click "Manage Bookmarks" (CTRL + B)
A new window opens - Bookmark Manager.
Click Tools -> Import
A file search dialogue box opens. Locate the source of your HTML bookmark file in this window and click "Open".
Mozilla might ask if you want to overwrite or add the bookmarks to any bookmarks that you might already have in your bookmarks folder or to create a new bookmarks file. Choose whichever option you require.
Click File -> Quit.
You're done.
Old 07-26-2004, 04:55 PM   #4
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One thing to watch out for is make sure you have a file system on the floppy disk. For example....
mke2fs /dev/fd0
or if you want to be able to read that from a windows system...
mkfs.vfat /dev/fd0

Then you need to mount the floppy....
mount /mnt/floppy

On my box, using Fedora and Firefox 0.9.1 the import bookmarks feature is under
Manage Bookmarks...
Export... or Import...

Don't forget to un mount the floppy disk after you are done...
umount /mnt/floppy
Old 07-27-2004, 10:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for responses,

Red Hat came with the package Mozilla 1.0.1 [see Note below] that's what I'm trying to import bookmarks into.

NOTE: Tried to upgrade to version 1.6, got as far as running ./mozilla then I "lost it" and installation "quit" !!
I still haven't mastered the numerous directories and I'm not sure where I should put "tar" to start. /usr ?? /local ?? /home ??

That's what I'm doing, but the window ONLY SHOWS [Desktop, Mail & evolution - "source" is NOT in that window]. Bookmarks are on floppy in floppy drive. My "old method" was to "drag" bookmarks.html off floppy onto desktop and go from there. This is what I need to know - How to put the floppy drive INTO that window, so I can use it as a "source".


The bookmarks.html on floppy is actually from Mozilla 1.6 running on Win98SE.

But, I think you're on to something with "mounting". I can't find an actual floppy drive icon and I suspect the floppy drive is not actually mounted !!

That's what I need to work on.
Old 07-27-2004, 11:06 AM   #6
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Okay, at the top of that 'import' file search window there should be a heading - Look in: then a bar with the location that it's opened at. Mine opens to /home/pongmaster
In that window of the location /home/pongmaster I also have Desktop Documents and Evolution. What you need to do is navigate to your / directory. This is done by clicking the "down arrow" at the end of the bar where it says Look In /home/pongmaster, change that to / It should be the last option of three; /home/pongmaster - /home - / (obviously yours won't say pongmaster - it'll be whatever your user name is)
From here you should be able to see all the folders on your system bin, boot, dev etc etc. You need to find the mnt folder and open it. Your floppy drive should be in that folder.

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