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Luke Skywalker
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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 11:02      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Im in the process of reformatting my computer, but i am saving lots of stuff. Someof that is my FireFox settings, and bookmarks. Is there a location they are saved at, or a way to export them to a file?
Thanks

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 11:23            Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Argh! What operating system!?

In Windows 2000 and above, it's in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ -- back up the profile folders (generally just one).

Mac OS X, it's somewhere like ~/Library/Application Support/Mozilla/Firefox/Profiles/

Linux, I would assume somewhere like ~/.Mozilla/...

The profile folder has everything -- your preferences, saved passwords, cookies, history, all installed extensions and so forth. You can migrate this from any OS to any other OS regardless of endianness; I've migrated profiles from a Win 2000 box to a G3 iMac and back without harm.

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 11:44      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:

Linux, I would assume somewhere like ~/.Mozilla/...

Irritatingly enough, it depends on distribution.

Common options are:

~/.mozilla/profiles
~/.mozilla-firefox/profiles
~/.firefox/profiles
~/.mozilla/firefox/profiles

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 12:11      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Screw the operating system; keep life simple.

Upload it directly to my.yahoo.com or some other safe site on the net. Open Bookmarks (Manage Bookmarks) in Firefox, in the file menu bar use the export command and follow the instructions. Should take about 91 seconds unless you have over 3,000 bookmarks...

You can retreive them from there to load or reload into browsers or other programs, etc.

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 13:03      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I recently did a reinstallation on my laptop. I used the export method garlicguy mentioned above for saving my bookmarks, and just recreated my other settings by hand.

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Right ... but that would wipe all your saved passwords, settings (not just the obvious ones but all the custom tweaks in about:config and all extensions' settings), it would lose all extensions, which need to then be downloaded again if you know what they were, what they were called (which can be tough) and where you found the version you had (sometimes there are various different versions lying around the Web)...

Saving and restoring the profile folder is a trivial operation that guarantees the integrity of your entire Firefox environment including migration from one OS to another (because extensions use JavaScript not machine code).

Firefox is trivial. The harder parts, for Windows at least, are all your custom file associations (including all the hand-rolled DDE actions, actions etc), settings for applications that use the Registry, and even the Windows colour scheme in versions of Windows before XP (which allows you to save it as a file). And even applications which store settings on disc are hard to track down. I wish people made all this easier.

And the OS itself will need to be reconfigured from scratch, no way of restoring all the known reliable sections of config, which should all be plain text files that contain clear, logical config data anyway...

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 18:12      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Official info on location:
http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/edit#profile

Backup pointers:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Firefox_:_Tips_:_Backup

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Icon 1 posted September 08, 2006 20:04      Profile for Luke Skywalker     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I got it. Thanks all

[Frown] but I forgot to back up settings and saved passes, lol

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quote:
Originally posted by Luke Skywalker:
I got it. Thanks all

[Frown] but I forgot to back up settings and saved passes, lol

Oh, well that just makes you a dumbass. [Wink]
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Icon 1 posted September 18, 2006 14:57      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just a follow up, as this looks pretty useful:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=291258

(I really wish it was hosted on a real website.)
Found here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=462431


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