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Old 06-18-2005, 07:03 PM   #1
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Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater...


I loaded up a sweet Linux distro about 3 weeks ago (Mandriva 10.1) and started learning, and learning...and learning. Problem was, I only meant it as a temporary trial run. Put everything in a single partition. Learned to tar [& feather?] apps available on the 'net, and had a ball scattering all sorts of stuff thru my distro. Created chaos and trash all over the place-but that was my intention. Learn by doing...then, when I had had enough fun, throw out the dirty bath water and start from scratch. Had always intended to just 'see how things went' and then come back and reinstall a fresh copy with a lot of lessons learned, and do a more complete job the second time around. Created web bookmarks galore-and there's the problem now!

I want to start from scratch, but, I would LOVE to be able to save all of my internet Bookmarks. There's a whole bunch of stuff there that I tripped across by accident, and could never find again. How can I preserve all those bookmarks, and have them ready when I do a fresh install?
 
Old 06-18-2005, 07:10 PM   #2
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If you have a means of backup...

The "Home" directory of the user you used to create those bookmarks contains folders that are used for customizing things. These are in the form of .foldername This makes them hidden when you normally view them. If you back up those . files, you can preserve your settings which is very likely to include your bookmarks for whatever browser you were using.

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Old 06-18-2005, 07:29 PM   #3
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Can't find such a file...

I am the only user-the default 'bootee'. I presume that by doing a 'ls -a' on the command line, while in my home directory, I would find such a file if it existed. Nothing even close. I went 'catting' thru a bunch of the other 'dot' files to see if I could find such a repository-nope.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 07:33 PM   #4
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Wasn't sure if you were happy using the command line...

Which browser?

The file won't be called .bookmark But rather be in a .browser-name directory (likely)

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Old 06-18-2005, 08:49 PM   #5
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This is what my ~/ folder looks like:

[lowell@localhost lowell]$ ls -a
./ .desktop* .gconfd/ .macromedia/ .recently-used
../ Desktop/ .gnome/ .Mail/ .rpmdrake
.assistant/ .dmrc .gnome2/ .mailcap .screenrc
.audacity download/ .gnome2_private/ .mcop/ .screenrc.swp
.bash_history .emacs.d/ groceries .mcoprc shell_scripts/
.bash_logout .emacs-places herman/ .MdkOnline/ .thumbnails/
bash-play/ .emacs-places~ .ICEauthority .mime.types tmp/
.bash_profile FAH502-Linux.exe* .icons/ modlpr* unitinfo.txt
.bashrc FahCore_65.exe* .idlerc/ Music/ .viminfo
calcoo/ FahCore_78.exe* java/ MyFolding.html wallpaper/
.cddb/ FAHlog-Prev.txt java_home/ .net_monitorrc* work/
client.cfg* FAHlog.txt .kaffeine/ prompt.diet* .Xauthority
config.log FH* .kde/ prompt.diet~* .xine/
Construction Clip-art/ fhl* .kderc pymodules.txt* .xsession-errors
cpm/ firstcss limerick py_play/
.DCOPserver_localhost__0 .fonts.cache-1 linuxchanges.txt qcad/
.DCOPserver_localhost_:0@ gadgets/ .lpoptions .qt/
desk_themes/ .gconf/ machinedependent.dat queue.dat
[lowell@localhost lowell]$

There they all are. (Another victory. Took me a half-hour to figure out how to get this stuff from there to here!)

As you see, I've gotten into this Linux kinda thick and heavy. Determined I'm gonna find a home here. In three weeks, I've made a lotta progress that I hate to see disappear. Besides, I owe some very patient folks in
another section of this forum a progress report sometime soon.

Ah, no...sorry. I'm Folding@Home for Team Abit.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 08:53 PM   #6
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/home/<usrename>/.mozilla/firefox/ap6gfuyy.default/bookmarks.html
this is the location for firefox bookmarks for example.
what browser are you using?

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Old 06-18-2005, 09:33 PM   #7
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Oh, well...

Obviously, no such collection is created under the Mandriva distro. Can't say we didn't try.
 
Old 06-18-2005, 09:43 PM   #8
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but what browser are you using?firefox?it shows under ~/.mozilla on my mdk box.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 02:19 AM   #9
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I reckon he is using Konqueror. So in that case he should just backup ~/.kde .
 
Old 06-19-2005, 08:33 AM   #10
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if that's the case then:
~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/bookmarks.xml
would be just the bookmark file.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 12:30 PM   #11
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Oh yea...um, been busy

Funny where this linux stuff takes you. I still haven't a clue where my bookmarks are, but in the meantime I've learned:

a) what the 'find' and 'file' [bash] commands are, and why they are good
b) what symbolic links are (had a coupla them in my .kde directory, and just hadda know what they were).

As I understand 'find' you've gotta throw in every possible parameter to locate a file. In other words (as I now understand it-help me out here), I couldn't just throw [the following] out on the command line; 'find bookmarks', because I would have to detail exactly (on the command line) where 'bookmarks' is, so why do I need to find it if I already know everything? What's wrong with my catch-22 logic here?

But so far-getting back to basics-I've dug a dozen layers deep into the hierarchy that .kde offered, and have found nothing.

Ya'll work on this for a while. It's Father's Day, and I'm gonna go out into actual daylight and do something, even though both my sons are off on their own agenda. (My younger one's Marine Corps unit returned from Iraq on Father's Day two years ago, so he's gonna hafta really go far to top that 'gift'.)
 
Old 06-19-2005, 01:23 PM   #12
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the particular browser being used would be really helpful.there are really too many to just keep guessing.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 03:30 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by piscikeeper
the particular browser being used would be really helpful.there are really too many to just keep guessing.
I agree. Which is why I'm going to quit chasing this fool's errand and re-install.

Last edited by southsibling; 06-19-2005 at 03:43 PM.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 04:35 PM   #14
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i think every poster in this thread has asked you which browser you normally use.
so...if i may ask...which program do you use to browse the internet ?

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Old 06-19-2005, 05:08 PM   #15
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Konqueror.
 
  


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