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Old 09-10-2005, 01:45 AM   #1
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lost firefox bookmarks

so there i was, in X and editing the xorg.conf file through the terminal, while reading stuff on i rebooted to test my configuration - mouse related - and then when it started back up, my xorg.conf file was not the way i left it. instead, it seemed to have saved a few of the changes, and discarded others. i can handle that, but when i went back into X and started firefox, i noticed that all my bookmarks were gone. i looked in the bookmarks.html and bookmarks.bak files, and they both look the same, like they would look right after a fresh install. the files that show my history and downloaded files still look fine though. i imported this set of bookmarks from another pc originally, but the reason this is so important is because ive got about 50 new bookmarks that i've added in the past day or two that i'd hate to lose.

this happened once before on a completely different installation, but at the time the bookmarks weren't a big deal so i just let it slide. can anyone tell me what might've happened, or how to find my bookmarks ?

this is on a dell c610 laptop running slack 10.1 & freerock gnome.

thanks !
Old 09-10-2005, 02:04 AM   #2
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The bookmarks are usually stored in /home/username/.mozilla/profile/bookmarks.html
Of course, you substitute your actual username for username and the profile name is just gibberish.
Old 09-10-2005, 02:13 AM   #3
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Look through the Firefox directories, but they are probably gone.

From now on do:
1) Install Pike's Mozilla Firefox Extensions,
Bookmark Backup
2) Install Bookmarkbridge, so you can sync bookmarks between browsers
3) Store a copy on either a cd, flashdrive or online. I store mine in my Yahoo briefcase and on a usbkey. Plus I keep Firefox in sync with Konqueror and Opera.

You can never have too many backups in place.

These are the important files you might want to save:

# bookmarks.html Bookmarks.
# prefs.js Current user preferences.
# user.js User-added preferences (overrides prefs.js every startup).
# cookies.txt Cookies.
# hostperm.1 Cookies permissions, image permissions, and extension website install permissions list.
# signons.txt Saved passwords. Requires the "key3.db" file to work.
# key3.db Supplements password file.
# User.Chrome.css and User.Content.cs
Bookmark Backup can create backups of all of the above files. It has saved me a couple of times when I screwed up my profile.
Old 09-19-2005, 03:10 PM   #4
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The same thing happens to me with firefox both in linux and in windows. I think the latest version of firefox must have some kind of bug in it. Every few days my bookmarks just dissapear, same exact situation as you, it's so annoying.


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