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"Backup" does not save a Json file nor does one automatically create when I start up firefox (bookmarkbackups)

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Hello,

I've successfully saved my bookmarks and browsing history in the past. Transfering them from an old hard drive to a new hard drive.


I was trying "Backup" my bookmarks, but after choosing a location to "backup," firefox freezes for a few seconds but no json file is created.

Also, when I look up the "boomarkbackups" folder, the last saved file was sometime in June.

Can someone help me?

Thanks so much for your time and help.

Cheers, KevinH

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Can you at least create an HTML backup?

Sounds that you might have a corrupted places.sqlite database file. If there aren't any recent JSON backups in the bookmarkbackups folder then you should be cautious and make a backup copy of the current places.sqlite file.

Are there any files places.sqlite.corrupt in the Firefox profile folder?

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder (Linux: Open Directory; Mac: Show in Finder)

Do you still see the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Manager (Library; Show All Bookmarks)?

Modified by cor-el

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These add-ons can be a great help by backing up and restoring Firefox

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) {web link} FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions, history, passwords, and more. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up -- It will actually rebuild your saved files individually into installable .xpi files. It will also make backup of files that you choose.

OPIE {web link} Import/Export extension preferences

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FredMcD,

Thanks so much for your help thus far!

Thanks for the addon I backed up using FEBE, But I don't see JSON files

Session store, places.sqlite,

Bookmars-2014-04-15_76972.json (for example)

Are they all actually backed up? I Performed a back up and all I got was the following: (See image - and is this all normal, is it missing anything? Can this negate fixing places.sqlite?)




Cor-el,

Also, thank you for helping!

I turned off firefox and rebooted computer as instructed if the link you sent. Couldn't not back up and no auto backup.

Is there a danger of loosing my bookmarks using this (as described in the link you sent):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/places-maintenance/


The rebuild section in the post (Rebuild Places database) warns of loosing your bookmarks. So should I try the following first? :

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/places-maintenance/


Thanks both of you for your help and time. My bookmarks are like my library. They are very special to me.

Cheers, Kevin H.

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Warning, some added toolbars, and you have several, have been known to give Firefox problems. Open the Add-ons Manager and disable All of them.

If there is still a problem, Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} and try again.

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There is always a change that something gets wrong when you try to repair files. The PM extension can force a new places.sqlite database at the next start of Firefox if it isn't able to repair the database and problems were found. Under normal condition when a recent JSON backup is present then Firefox will rebuild the bookmarks automatically from a JSON backup, but that isn't possible if there isn't a (recent) JSON backup.

Did you manage to create an HTML backup? Do you see the bookmarks in the Bookmarks Manager (Library)?

I see a Bookmarks file in your screenshot (127 KB), but I'm not sure how to interpret the file content that shows there as this isn't normal profile folder content.

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Hello,

Thanks so much for your help so far.

Where are the tool bars located in the Add-ons manger?

extensions, apperaance, plugins, services ?

Thanks so much!

Cheers, Kevin

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Hello cor-el,

Thanks so much so far!

Yes, I can see all my bookmarks.

Also, yes I was able to make an html backup. (that was the only thing I could do before asking for help -)

I'm not sure if this is the root of the problem, but I had to get a new computer so I also got a new hard drive.

To get all my history and bookmarks to the new computer I just copy and pasted:

1. places.sqlite 2. sessionstore.bak 3. sessionstore.bak-20140506152807 (as an example) 4. sesstore (j script script file)

I would also, copy and paste the appropriate .json file in the folder where it usually is


Thanks so much again!

Cheers, Kevin

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To open the add-oms manager, <Control><Shift> A Toolbars can be under Extensions or Plugins.

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It would be best to delete the places.sqlite file and let Firefox create a new file. Import the HTML backup via the Bookmarks Manager (Library).

  • Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > Import & Backup > Import Bookmarks from HTML