LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Latest LQ Deals
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Password
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 01-26-2017, 12:33 PM   #1
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Rep: Reputation: 87
what's the best way to import Firefox bookmarks to Pale Moon?


I've been interested in trying the Pale Moon browser, but last time I read up on Pale Moon, there was no way to import bookmarks but manually--the importing tool didn't work anymore. Has anyone figured out a better solution than remaking all their bookmarks one-by-one?
 
Old 01-26-2017, 01:07 PM   #2
hydrurga
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Pictland
Distribution: Linux Mint 19.1 MATE
Posts: 8,018
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872
FEBE?
 
2 members found this post helpful.
Old 01-26-2017, 01:11 PM   #3
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by hydrurga View Post
FEBE?
Firefox Environment Backup Extension? Thank you. Trying it.

I had already just found out that I need only make the Firefox bookmarks into HTML, but I guess I need the FEBE to save the cookies and other information.

Last edited by newbiesforever; 01-26-2017 at 01:14 PM.
 
Old 01-26-2017, 01:41 PM   #4
hydrurga
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Pictland
Distribution: Linux Mint 19.1 MATE
Posts: 8,018
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872
Quote:
Originally Posted by newbiesforever View Post
Firefox Environment Backup Extension? Thank you. Trying it.

I had already just found out that I need only make the Firefox bookmarks into HTML, but I guess I need the FEBE to save the cookies and other information.
Ah, I had assumed that you had a problem importing the .html bookmarks file, hence the thread. Good to know that you'll at least get your bookmarks across. Let us know how you get on and to what extent FEBE can migrate your settings across!
 
Old 01-26-2017, 02:02 PM   #5
Habitual
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: Yawnstown, Ohio
Distribution: Mojave
Posts: 9,374
Blog Entries: 37

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Never needed bookmarks from one browser to "try out" another.
Try STFW for RTFM

#leftswipe
 
Old 01-26-2017, 04:04 PM   #6
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 13,400
Blog Entries: 9

Rep: Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655
why is this marked solved?
anyhow, on MY palemoon, it asks me if i want to import them from firefox (but only if it finds a ~/.mozilla/firefox folder).
i can access that function later through Bookmarks => Organize Bookmarks => Import and Backup => Import data from another browser
 
Old 01-26-2017, 05:50 PM   #7
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
why is this marked solved?
Because Hydrurga told me how to solve the problem. I admit I did mark it solved prematurely, because I expected the solution to work, but am I'm not finished testing it. I have backed up, but have not successfully imported the backup in Pale Moon yet. I'll unmark the thread.
 
Old 01-26-2017, 05:59 PM   #8
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
Well, backing up everything in FEBE was very easy. But in Palemoon, accepting those backups is the problem. Apparently you can install FEBE in Pale Moon as well; I found it in the add-on list in Pale Moon but didn't assume it would work. FEBE also restores backups, of course, so I tried to "restore" the Firefox backups--so far just the cookies. It didn't work--FEBE keeps saying the file is not a valid backup. I suppose that's probably because Pale Moon won't take a Firefox file. I'll fool around some more--lots of options in FEBE and I haven't examined them all. I realize "restore" isn't the same as "import."
 
Old 01-26-2017, 06:10 PM   #9
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
Yeah, that was the problem: Pale Moon successfully backs up its own information with FEBE, but will not accept backups from Firefox. I jumped to the conclusion Hydrurga had tried this solution already and knew it would work.
 
Old 01-26-2017, 07:12 PM   #10
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
partial solution

I discovered that all I had to do was copy the Firefox profile folder (you know, the one named in random alphanumeric characters) to the Pale Moon folder (with Pale Moon closed, of course). That was obvious, but I didn't try it because I hadn't thought it would work.

However, for no obvious reason, that failed to import the bookmarks now. Bizarre--first I could get only the Firefox bookmarks, now I can get everything but the bookmarks. When I try to import the HTML, I get no error message, just nothing. A JSON doesn't work either.

I tried to work around this by returning to the original Pale Moon profile (deleting the profile I copied from .mozilla), saving a new bookmark HTML from Pale Moon (since it had the Firefox bookmarks before refusing to accept the HTML again), re-copying the Firefox profile, and lastly trying to import the bookmarks HTML. It didn't work. So, I give up trying to import all the information together. I can get the bookmarks or everything except the bookmarks into Pale Moon, but not both. I'm considering which set of information I want to save more, but I know that will be the bookmarks.

Last edited by newbiesforever; 01-26-2017 at 08:21 PM.
 
Old 01-27-2017, 01:50 AM   #11
hydrurga
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2008
Location: Pictland
Distribution: Linux Mint 19.1 MATE
Posts: 8,018
Blog Entries: 5

Rep: Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872Reputation: 2872
Quote:
Originally Posted by newbiesforever View Post
Yeah, that was the problem: Pale Moon successfully backs up its own information with FEBE, but will not accept backups from Firefox. I jumped to the conclusion Hydrurga had tried this solution already and knew it would work.
Ah no, hence the "?" in my original comment about FEBE.

Sorry to hear that you've been having problems.

You can't be the only one to have wanted to do this though. Have you tried posting your problem in the Pale Moon forum?

https://forum.palemoon.org/
 
Old 01-27-2017, 01:56 PM   #12
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 13,400
Blog Entries: 9

Rep: Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655
am i missing something here? i'm confused.

i posted the solution how to import settings, incl. the complete bookmark structure, from firefox into palemoon in post #6.
iirc, you can tell palemoon what to import, i.e. only bookmarks is possible.

i see now that in your op you wrote "the importing tool didn't work anymore", so it's
either:
1) tell us more about that. have you tried with a fresh palemoon folder? has firefox have its .mozilla folder in the same user's $HOME?
or:
2) even if it really fails, you can still a) export to html from firefox, b) import from html in palemoon - a few drag'n'drop operations from the library window will fix the bookmark toolbar etc.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 01-29-2017, 08:39 AM   #13
newbiesforever
Senior Member
 
Registered: Apr 2006
Distribution: MX (desktop: XFCE 4)
Posts: 2,187

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by ondoho View Post
am i missing something here? i'm confused.

i posted the solution how to import settings, incl. the complete bookmark structure, from firefox into palemoon in post #6.
iirc, you can tell palemoon what to import, i.e. only bookmarks is possible.

i see now that in your op you wrote "the importing tool didn't work anymore", so it's
either:
1) tell us more about that. have you tried with a fresh palemoon folder? has firefox have its .mozilla folder in the same user's $HOME?
or:
2) even if it really fails, you can still a) export to html from firefox, b) import from html in palemoon - a few drag'n'drop operations from the library window will fix the bookmark toolbar etc.
Tried it. Importing HTML should work, but doesn't. Pale Moon will not take an HTML that was made in Firefox. It doesn't make sense to me either.
 
Old 01-29-2017, 01:23 PM   #14
bathory
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Piraeus
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 12,633

Rep: Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808Reputation: 1808
Quote:
Originally Posted by newbiesforever View Post
Tried it. Importing HTML should work, but doesn't. Pale Moon will not take an HTML that was made in Firefox. It doesn't make sense to me either.
Export firefox bookmark in a file (default bookmarks.html) and restoring it into palemoon should work.
You can also copy the file places.sqlite from your firefox folder to your palemoon folder
Of course you should do it while palemoon is stopped
 
Old 01-30-2017, 03:08 AM   #15
ondoho
LQ Addict
 
Registered: Dec 2013
Posts: 13,400
Blog Entries: 9

Rep: Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655Reputation: 3655
Quote:
Originally Posted by newbiesforever View Post
Tried it. Importing HTML should work, but doesn't. Pale Moon will not take an HTML that was made in Firefox. It doesn't make sense to me either.
well that shouldn't happen.
maybe your palemoon is borked?
have you searched palemoon forums for hints?

troubleshoot:
open a terminal, enter 'palemoon'.
reproduce the error.
look at the terminal output, and post it here.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Pale Moon vs Firefox storkus Slackware 35 09-07-2015 02:47 PM
Pale Moon browser JWJones Linux - Software 4 04-02-2015 01:06 PM
LXer: Want Firefox without Australis? Try Pale Moon LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 08-01-2014 09:51 PM
Pale Moon - A firefox fork coralfang Linux - Software 9 07-16-2014 02:52 PM
Pale Moon Browser TigerLinux General 10 12-28-2011 11:59 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration