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Old 05-12-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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Question Firefox 1.0.3 Bookmarks Problem


I've searched through the threads here and found many people who also had problems with missing bookmarks in Firefox. However my problem is slightly different. Therefore I've opened a new thread. I hope someone can help me troubleshoot the problem I'm facing.

My Problem: (I'm using SuSE 9.1 btw.)

1. Updated Firefox to version 1.0.3 using YaST.
2. Everything was fine until a few days later, my bookmarks disappeared. There were no crashes or lockup with the computer the day before.
3. A quick check at ~/.mozilla/firefox/o1rui04j.default
showed that both the 'bookmarks.html' and 'bookmarks.bak' were still there.
4. Clicked on 'Manage Bookmarks' and found to my surprise that all the bookmarks has appeared again.
5. Closed 'Manage Bookmarks' and found that all the bookmarks except those in 'Bookmarks Toolbar Folder' were listed on the browser again. However clicking the addresses on the bookmarks produced no response.
6. The only way I can resolve this problem is to delete the profile folder. (o1rui04j.default)
7. But this problem reproduces itself every few days after I deleted the old profile.

What I Found Today :

- After the bookmarks disappeared for the umpteenth time today after I've yet again deleted the old profile 2 days ago, I did this:

1. Left the default profile alone.
2. Created a new profile - everything was functioning under the new profile.
3. Copied every file from the default into the new profile folder one by one and tested firefox using the new profile each time after a new file has been copied into it.
i.e: Copied history.dat from default to new. Opened firefox - everything ok.
Copied prefs.js from default to new. Opened firefox - everything ok.
..... and so on.
4. And I finally found the culprit - localstore.rdf
- The moment I copied this file into the new profile folder, the bookmarks disappeared. And when I deleted 'localstore.rdf' the bookmarks appeared again.

So, can anyone please tell me why this is happening?

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by windz; 05-12-2005 at 01:23 AM.
Old 05-12-2005, 02:05 AM   #2
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That is a new one. You should post that info over at the Firefox support forum.
"Lost Bookmarks, for the Third Time"

Doing a search of the only references to localstore.rdf (the Mozilla registry), I can find involve making localized language dist.

There is a reference to it on a MAC.
"If Firefox does not display a browser window, quit Firefox using Cmd+Q and open ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/<garble>.default/ and remove "localstore.rdf". Restart Firefox. Any toolbar customizations you have made or window placement will be lost"

I post in the Firefox forum all the time and noone has posted that localstore.rdf was the cause of any problems.

The only time I had a problem was because of a Java applet that caused Firefox to crash. The file I found that was bad was the pref.js. Luckily I use the Bookmark Backup extension, so I was able to copy the good backup.
Old 05-12-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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Hi craigevil,

was going to post at the Firefox support forum when I saw that you've already copied my previous post over. Thanks a lot.
Old 05-12-2005, 08:56 PM   #4
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There you go.... the bookmarks disappeared again. And there's no response from the Firefox support forum. What in the big wide world is happening? Would it help if I posted the contents of both the 'corrupted' localstore.rdf and the new one which was created after I deleted the old one?
Old 06-27-2005, 04:00 AM   #5
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i had the same problem with firefox 1.0.4 on a SuSE 9.2. It sounds stupid, but i simply deleted en reinstalled firefox using YaST. Now my bookmarks (and toolbar) reappeared!
(and somehow he kept my bookmarks during the "reinstallation", i didn't check, but i think he must have kept the bookmarks.html somewhere)



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