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May 03, 2006

Bugger, Bugger, Bugger

Annoying, annoying, annoying.

Happens once every month or two, Firefox decides to forget all of my bookmarks. Today’s even worse, as the predictive bit (you know, type the first part of the URL into the address line and it brings up a list of places you’ve been before) has also vanished.

Is this something innate to Firefox? Or have I got a gremlin somewhere in the machine making life difficult?

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Preferences (MAC)/Internet Options (Wintel)>Privacy>History gives you an option to set how long the browsing history is stored.

Tim adds: Just checked that, nothing has changed (set on 20 days) so don’t understand why it wiped them all out overnight.

Posted by: Alex | May 3, 2006 9:50:20 AM

I have heard of this, although it's never happened to me.

Make sure you have upgraded to the latest version (you should be prompted to do this automatically, otherwise go into Tools > Options > [Update tab] - latest is v1.5.0.2).

You can also backup your profile manually in precaution, as detailed in this message trail here.

Posted by: Matt | May 3, 2006 10:09:08 AM

It's to do with your profile - Firefox is dodgy with them, I've never had that problem but I have had the one where you can't open Firefox because it is already running. This might help, or search google.


The problem I sometimes get, and no-one else in the world seems to, is that if I type quickly into a form field in Firefox (say google) the letters start to write backwards. I have no idea why.

Posted by: Matthew | May 3, 2006 10:24:07 AM

You'll be needing this...


Posted by: Guido Fawkes | May 3, 2006 10:31:07 AM

My Firefox automatically upgraded itself to version late last night. Don't know whether that could be anything to do with it. No problem with bookmarks this end though.

Posted by: Dave Walker | May 3, 2006 10:54:42 AM

I've never had a problem with FF, either installing new versions or losing bookmarks. But as a paranoid dissertationer, I saved all my bookmarks via:


It's free, natch, and handy as an independent backup.

Posted by: mbe | May 3, 2006 12:16:23 PM

Firefox 1.5 automatically backs up books marks.

If you are using an older version then there is an extension here

Posted by: US | May 3, 2006 12:36:12 PM

This used to happen to me. I now keep all my bookmarks on de.licio.us, so I know I'm safe. Also means you can access bookmarks when you are on the road.

Posted by: Bishop Hill | May 3, 2006 2:31:22 PM

What's firefox ? There's a software company called Macroseft or something similar operating out of Seattle - they do a good browser called Internet Explorer.

Indeed their market penetration is so great that one can say to an approximation that all the computers in the world run on their operating system - its called XP and it is undoubtedly the best desktop in the world.

Firefox is strictly RFC2616 compliant, whereas the world's websites are Internet Explorer compliant - love 'em or loathe 'em, Bill's software house defines the internet - use the same browser as the rest of us and we'll all be better off.

Firefox will (sadly) fail as did all the other browsers (except ie). Any attempt to overcome the Microsoft hegemony will merely divide the world until and unless the free software community delivers a desktop as good as XP, which would be a mightly endeavour but is perhaps possible. Indeed, one might claim that with XP desktops have now reached "maturity" and the time has come for the people to take control of our software, but Firefox and anything else that is not the full blown desktop and kernel is a waste of time that merely divides the world.

Posted by: johnny bonk | May 3, 2006 2:33:28 PM

Oh, I wouldn't say that.. I've been using Opera, since version 5, I think and never looked back. IE I use for two things only: my blog and online banking. Of course, Opera's marketshare is, um, small, but who cares? I didn't even care about their ad bar. Ooo, Norwegian sweaters! If Billy G ever decides to junk IE and buy Opera to replace it, I'll cheer him all the way...

Posted by: Rik | May 3, 2006 5:50:35 PM

Rik - compatibility is next to godliness, a state of grace that should not be wantonly spurned.

Posted by: johnny bonk | May 3, 2006 9:13:00 PM

I've had the disapearing bookmark thing too a few times.

I don't know why, it happens, but what it does is create another new user profile in c:/documents and settings/[user]/application data/mozilla/firefox/profiles. What you have to do is: go there and find your 'proper' profile (best way is to check the bookmark .html file) and then make sure that the profiles.ini file in the firefox folder (c:/documents and settings/[user]/application data/mozilla/firefox/) points to your proper profile rather than the new one it has created (cut and paste your proper profile folder name you want into the profiles.ini and save). Then when you are sure you have your proper profile back delete the newly created one

This should work - it did work for me. But, as usual, it's best to make backups before changing anything.

Posted by: David Hadley | May 4, 2006 4:17:53 PM