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tbassey
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Saving my Firefox Setting when I upgrade Reply with quote

I have a copy of BLAG 91000 and want to install it. I am still using 70000. I want to make sure that I keep my setting for Thunderbird and Firefox. If I copy them to cd or dvd and then copy them back into my home directory will this solve the problem? Are there differences between the versions of Firefox that are installed with my current version and 91k. What about the new Firefox and Thunderbird versions? I heard that Firefox 3.51 is now out.
jisis
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Thunderbird

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Profiles

stevo32
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as you make backups of your ~/.mozilla and ~/.thunderbird folders (I suggest archiving them in a .tar.gz with file-roller), everything will be fine. The versions of Firefox and Thunderbird included with 90001 will gracefully upgrade your profile to work with the new version, though I suggest keeping a backup just in case something does go wrong.

Good luck!


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tbassey
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That's more or less along the ideas of what I was thinking.
tbassey
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:03 am    Post subject: Tried to copy Mozilla settings to 90k1 Reply with quote

Hi I tried to copy the mozilla and thunderbird settings from my 70k distro to blag 90k1. I created a archive of each as a tarball. I then tied to open them on my desktop. I have not suceed with them. Mainly with mozilla at this point. When I tried to copy the file over from archive mounter ( did I tell you I hate this program, I miss file roller) It would begin tocopy the file but then I would get an error message "There was an error copying the file to /home/tim/.mozilla. File does not exist.. Ireally need to copy the bookmarks. I have not even tried yet with thunderbird. I need to get my old emails and address copied.
Crwyddwr
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Tried to copy Mozilla settings to 90k1 Reply with quote

tbassey wrote:
Hi I tried to copy the mozilla and thunderbird settings from my 70k distro to blag 90k1. I created a archive of each as a tarball. I then tied to open them on my desktop. I have not suceed with them. Mainly with mozilla at this point. When I tried to copy the file over from archive mounter ( did I tell you I hate this program, I miss file roller) It would begin tocopy the file but then I would get an error message "There was an error copying the file to /home/tim/.mozilla. File does not exist.. Ireally need to copy the bookmarks. I have not even tried yet with thunderbird. I need to get my old emails and address copied.


If you don't like archive mounter, you can install file roller or xarchiver from yum.

First you should check if the correct directories exist, open a terminal and go
Code:
ls -ld .mozilla
ls -l .mozilla/firefox

If the .mozilla directory doesn't exist, start firefox and then shut it down again. If it doesn't exist after that ask again here.
the second command above should list a few directories including one called something like d9ehgekx.default , but your string of characters will be different. that's where you want to put your bookmarks file.
I'm assuming you archived the whole .mozilla directory from your previous set-up and that it's a tar.gz archive. In that case the directory containing the bookmarks file will have a different name. to find it enter
Code:
tar -tzvf yourarchive.tar.gz | grep bookmarks.html

You're looking for the one with a name like
Code:
.mozilla/firefox/d9eyezkx.default/bookmarks.html
but again with a different string of characters. to extract just that file
Code:
tar -xzvf yourarchive.tar.gz .mozilla/firefox/d9eyezkx.default/bookmarks.html
and then just copy/move that file into the directory below your current .mozilla. I hope all that makes sense.
For Thunderbird similarly, you should have a directory called something like
Code:
/home/tim/.thunderbird/79pok87z.default
There is a file called abook.mab which is your address book and your old mail is in a directory called Mail.
Let us know if you have any problems

tbassey
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, that I took so long responding back but I have been otherwise occupied. The bookmarks did not change. However, I was able to go into the .mozilla directory and bring it up as a webpage, which I bookedmarked . In Thunderbird, the settings and emails did not translate when I copied them. The addresses did however copy and that was a help.
Crwyddwr
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm wondering if the directories have become a little confused. Could you open a terminal and post the output of the following commands:
Code:
ls -al .mozilla/firefox
ls -al .mozilla/firefox/*.default
ls -al .thunderbird
ls -al .thunderbird/*.default

tbassey
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the information you asked for:
[tim@localhost ~]$ ls -al .mozilla/firefox >> mozilla.txt
total 16
drwx------ 3 tim tim 4096 2009-08-25 19:58 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 tim tim 4096 2009-08-25 20:33 ..
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 94 2009-08-25 19:58 profiles.ini
drwx------ 7 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:55 qzo0ixe1.default

[tim@localhost ~]$ ls -al .mozilla/firefox/*.default >> mozilla.txt
total 40900
drwx------ 7 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:55 .
drwx------ 3 tim tim 4096 2009-08-25 19:58 ..
drwxr-xr-x 3 tim tim 4096 2009-08-25 20:09 ABE
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 2063 2009-09-10 21:55 blocklist.xml
drwx------ 2 tim tim 4096 2009-09-08 23:00 bookmarkbackups
-rw-r----- 1 tim tim 645763 2009-08-23 15:32 bookmarks.html
drwxrwxr-x 2 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:55 Cache
-rw------- 1 tim tim 65536 2009-09-08 23:00 cert8.db
drwxr-xr-x 2 tim tim 4096 2009-08-25 19:58 chrome
-rw------- 1 tim tim 154 2009-09-05 08:06 compatibility.ini
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 148341 2009-09-05 18:24 compreg.dat
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 7168 2009-08-25 19:58 content-prefs.sqlite
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 9216 2009-09-10 21:55 cookies.sqlite
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 15360 2009-09-09 21:22 downloads.sqlite
drwxrwxr-x 5 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:55 extensions
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 5491 2009-09-05 18:24 extensions.cache
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 4738 2009-09-05 18:24 extensions.ini
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 66091 2009-09-05 18:24 extensions.rdf
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 4096 2009-09-09 21:35 formhistory.sqlite
-rw------- 1 tim tim 16384 2009-09-08 23:00 key3.db
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 12115 2009-09-09 21:22 localstore.rdf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim 15 2009-09-10 21:45 lock -> 127.0.0.1:+2554
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 4829 2009-09-05 08:12 mimeTypes.rdf
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 0 2009-09-10 21:45 .parentlock
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 5120 2009-09-07 16:56 permissions.sqlite
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 692224 2009-09-10 21:55 places.sqlite
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 0 2009-09-10 21:55 places.sqlite-journal
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 14634 2009-09-10 21:45 prefs.js
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 2048 2009-08-25 19:58 search.sqlite
-rw------- 1 tim tim 16384 2009-08-25 19:58 secmod.db
-rw------- 1 tim tim 11259 2009-09-10 21:55 sessionstore.js
-rw------- 1 tim tim 257 2009-08-25 21:01 signons3.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 36315136 2009-09-10 21:50 urlclassifier3.sqlite
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 154 2009-09-10 21:45 urlclassifierkey3.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 2044404 2009-09-09 22:02 XPC.mfasl
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 101901 2009-09-05 18:24 xpti.dat
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 1515573 2009-09-09 22:02 XUL.mfasl

[tim@localhost ~]$ ls -al .thunderbird >> mozilla.txt

total 20
drwx------ 3 tim tim 4096 2009-08-26 22:21 .
drwx------ 36 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:58 ..
drwx------ 5 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:54 68oeyq23.default
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 335 2009-08-26 22:21 appreg
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 94 2009-08-26 22:21 profiles.ini


[tim@localhost ~]$ ls -al .thunderbird/*efault* >> mozilla.txt

total 4104
drwx------ 5 tim tim 4096 2009-09-10 21:54 .
drwx------ 3 tim tim 4096 2009-08-26 22:21 ..
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 16804 2009-09-01 23:32 abook.mab
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 471 2009-09-10 21:54 blocklist.xml
-rw------- 1 tim tim 65536 2009-09-09 22:04 cert8.db
-rw------- 1 tim tim 139 2009-08-26 22:21 compatibility.ini
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 148774 2009-08-26 22:21 compreg.dat
drwxrwxr-x 2 tim tim 4096 2009-08-26 22:21 extensions
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 3878 2009-08-26 22:21 extensions.cache
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 3478 2009-08-26 22:21 extensions.ini
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 32022 2009-08-26 22:21 extensions.rdf
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 1438 2009-09-01 23:27 history.mab
-rw------- 1 tim tim 16384 2009-09-09 22:04 key3.db
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 10883 2009-09-09 21:25 localstore.rdf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 tim tim 15 2009-09-10 21:44 lock -> 127.0.0.1:+2526
drwxrwxr-x 6 tim tim 4096 2009-08-30 17:54 Mail
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 2623 2009-08-26 22:21 mimeTypes.rdf
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 2743 2009-09-10 21:54 panacea.dat
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 0 2009-09-10 21:44 .parentlock
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 5023 2009-09-09 22:04 prefs.js
-rw------- 1 tim tim 16384 2009-08-26 22:21 secmod.db
-rw------- 1 tim tim 93 2009-08-30 17:56 signons.txt
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 0 2009-09-02 22:37 urlclassifier2.sqlite
drwxr-xr-x 2 tim tim 4096 2009-08-26 22:21 US
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 10 2009-09-09 22:04 virtualFolders.dat
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 1069948 2009-08-26 22:21 XPC.mfasl
-rw-rw-r-- 1 tim tim 116988 2009-08-26 22:21 xpti.dat
-rw-r--r-- 1 tim tim 2608388 2009-09-01 23:31 XUL.mfasl
Quote:

Crwyddwr
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should apologise that my original reply was incomplete. Firefox 3 no longer keeps bookmarks as an html file (I must have known this at some point as I migrated my bookmark, but memory is a fickle thing). The bookmarks and browser history are now stored in places.sqlite.

So the file /home/tim/.mozilla/frefox/qzo0ixe1.default/bookmarks.html now needs to be imported. In firefox go to :

'Bookmarks -> Organize Bookmarks -> Import & Backup -> Import HTML'

and select your bookmarks file. this will add your old bookmarks to the existing ones.

You can also export an HTML file from here, If you want Firefox 3 to create an automatic html backup when you exit Firefox then you can set the pref browser.bookmarks.autoExportHTML to true on the about:config page. Regular backups as .json file are stored in '/home/tim/.mozilla/frefox/qzo0ixe1.default/bookmarkbackups'.


My reply about thunderbird was also incomplete, so my apologies again. The prefs.js file contains the information about patshs to mail folders etc. and this now probably has a mismatch. So, I'd recommend going back to your archive and extracting everthing under the directory '.thunderbird/########.default' (######## is a string of characters) . Put it all in a directory of the same name one your system, so that you now have
/home/tim/.thunderbird/68oeyq23.default' as well as
/home/tim/.thunderbird/########.default
Doing this has created a new profile and you now need to edit /home/tim/.thunderbird/profile.ini to point to this new profile.

I hope this helps.

john maclean
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use google bookmarks. Means that your bm's are available "everywhere", like if you go to an internet cafe..

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jisis
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jisis wrote:


http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Thunderbird

http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Profiles


simples

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