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new firefox release 68.0.1 kills my bookmarks & history; can't import saved bookmarks

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[v57+] Places Maintenance is built into Firefox.

Type about:support<enter> in the address bar.

You will find Places Database near the bottom. Press the Verify Integrity button.

When done, copy and post the results here.

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Hello Fred

Here’s the Verify Integrity result:

> Task: checkIntegrity + The places.sqlite database is sane + The favicons.sqlite database is sane > Task: invalidateCaches + The caches have been invalidated > Task: checkCoherence + The database is coherent > Task: expire + Database cleaned up > Task: originFrecencyStats + Recalculated origin frecency stats > Task: vacuum + Initial database size is 5120KiB + The database has been vacuumed + Final database size is 5120KiB > Task: stats + Places.sqlite size is 5120KiB + Favicons.sqlite size is 5120KiB + pragma_user_version is 52 + pragma_page_size is 32768 + pragma_cache_size is -2048 + pragma_journal_mode is wal + pragma_synchronous is 1 + History can store a maximum of 112348 unique pages + Table moz_origins has 10 records + Table moz_places has 44 records + Table moz_historyvisits has 43 records + Table moz_inputhistory has 0 records + Table moz_bookmarks has 12 records + Table moz_bookmarks_deleted has 0 records + Table moz_keywords has 0 records + Table sqlite_sequence has 0 records + Table moz_anno_attributes has 0 records + Table moz_annos has 0 records + Table moz_items_annos has 0 records + Table moz_meta has 3 records + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_origins_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_deleted_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1 + Index moz_places_url_hashindex + Index moz_places_hostindex + Index moz_places_visitcount + Index moz_places_frecencyindex + Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex + Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_places_originidindex + Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex + Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex + Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex + Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex + Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex + Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex + Index moz_bookmarks_dateaddedindex + Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_keywords_placepostdata_uniqueindex + Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex + Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex > Task: _refreshUI

I now notice that I can't use saved ids/passwords for site access either.

Kind regards Iain

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Hi Iain, have you already done a normal Windows shutdown and restart to release file locks and complete any pending updates?

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I noticed the problem after powering up this morning. Firefox auto-loaded but was incomplete after its update. A few minutes ago I shut down and restarted. Firefox still shows no history prior to today. It now lets me import saved bookmarks, so I have done so. There are still no saved ids/passwords for website access. Anything else I can try?

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The most recent date in the Old Firefox folder is 06/03/2019 (i.e. 6 March). I have two profiles: default-release and default.

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Note that this is a rather new places.sqlite:

Table moz_historyvisits has 43 records
Table moz_inputhistory has 0 records
Table moz_bookmarks has 12 records

You can check the profile folder if you have a places.sqlite.corrupt file.


If you lost personal data then it is possible that a new default-release profile folder has been created. See "Determine if Firefox has created a new profile":

You can open the about:profiles page via the location bar to check whether multiple profiles are present and what profile Firefox currently is using.

Firefox 67 and later can use a dedicated profile for each of the Firefox update channels and will lock the profile, so it can only be used by Firefox in a specific installation folder. For Release versions this profile would be a xxxxxxxx.default-release profile, profiles used in older Firefox versions usually used a xxxxxxxx.default profile (a refresh adds a time stamp).

Modified by cor-el

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The profile in use is 5w8oc68r.default-release. The other profile, vakoi49f.default, only contains a couple of documents. There is no places.sqlite.corrupt folder inside 5w8oc68r.default-release. There is a bookmarksbackups folder inside 5w8oc68r.default-release, but this was created at 12:30 today when I imported my back-up file.

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No change to anything today. I don't need history, so am just ignoring that piece. I've reinstated bookmarks, so that's functioning ok. I've manually rekeyed ids and passwords to my most frequently used sites. Problem still unresolved though; would be good to hear that somebody's sussed what went wrong and can fix it prior to next release!

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Back up and restore information in Firefox profiles.{web link} I use an add-on that makes backups of my user profile, Just In Case. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with the current Firefox.

Every now and then, open the profile folder and create a copy of the current profile as is to another location on your hard drive. This way you will have a backup.

If you do this each day, you will not lose much data. This should be done with Firefox Closed.

Note: In case you need to restore from these backups, you may need to overwrite old or corrupted files.

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Yes, I can do all that, but it would be nicer if the release package didn't screw up in the first place!