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Which is the true "default" profile?

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I followed this instruction:

Finding your profile without opening Firefox

   Click the Finder icon in the dock. On the menu bar, click the Go menu, hold down the option or alt key and select Library. A window will open containing your Library folder.
   Open the "Application Support" folder, then open the "Firefox" folder, and then the "Profiles" folder.
   Your profile folder is within this folder. If you only have one profile, its folder would have "default" in the name. 


However when I navigated to ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles, I found TWO folders with "default" in their names: qqjtl02n.Default User yxux26aj.default

Which is the ACTUAL one?

I followed this instruction: Finding your profile without opening Firefox Click the Finder icon in the dock. On the menu bar, click the Go menu, hold down the option or alt key and select Library. A window will open containing your Library folder. Open the "Application Support" folder, then open the "Firefox" folder, and then the "Profiles" folder. Your profile folder is within this folder. If you only have one profile, its folder would have "default" in the name. However when I navigated to ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles, I found TWO folders with "default" in their names: qqjtl02n.Default User yxux26aj.default Which is the ACTUAL one?

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On file level, it should be the one with timestamps indicating the last Firefox use that you know of.

Another way is to find the profiles.ini file, open it and see which one mentions Default=1. (more info)

A third one is to open about:profiles and look for the one telling "this is the profile in use".

If you wanted to know because of creating backups, it may do no harm to back up both folders.

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On file level, it should be the one with timestamps indicating the last Firefox use that you know of.

Another way is to find the profiles.ini file, open it and see which one mentions Default=1. (more info)

A third one is to open about:profiles and look for the one telling "this is the profile in use".

If you wanted to know because of creating backups, it may do no harm to back up both folders.

On file level, it should be the one with timestamps indicating the last Firefox use that you know of. Another way is to find the ''profiles.ini'' file, open it and see which one mentions ''Default=1''. ([http://kb.mozillazine.org/profiles.ini_file more info]) A third one is to open ''about:profiles'' and look for the one telling "this is the profile in use". If you wanted to know because of creating backups, it may do no harm to back up both folders.
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OK, using #2, the profile ending with .Default User had "Default=1".

I then used #3, and it confirmed .Default User as correct.

I'll delete the other one.

OK, using #2, the profile ending with .Default User had "Default=1". I then used #3, and it confirmed .Default User as correct. I'll delete the other one.
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cor-el
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Note that Firefox uses another location in the hidden ~/Library location to store the disk cache and other temporary files.

  • ~/Library/Caches/Firefox/Profiles/

If you use the Profile Manager to delete a profile and include the files then files on both locations are removed.

Note that Firefox uses another location in the hidden ~/Library location to store the disk cache and other temporary files. *~/Library/Caches/Firefox/Profiles/ If you use the Profile Manager to delete a profile and include the files then files on both locations are removed.
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I'll just use the Finder rather than Terminal.

I'll just use the Finder rather than Terminal.
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