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Shared profile between operating systems keeps disabling addons

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So recently I setup a profile in a neutral directory to be accessed by both my Ubuntu and my Windows7 Installation (dual boot).

It kind of works, but everytime I start the Browser the addons are disabled.

Is there an explanation for that?

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Well since Firefox sync is a pile of dog excrement I figured out a working solution:

I use a shared profile and run this script on each windows startup and a respective linux variant on Ubuntu startup:

D: cd \AppData\Waterfox\q4805j1x.shared

IF EXIST backup_win\extensions.json (

move extensions.json backup_linux move addonStartup.json.lz4 backup_linux move extension-settings.json backup_linux

move backup_win\extensions.json %cd% move backup_win\addonStartup.json.lz4 %cd% move backup_win\extension-settings.json %cd% )

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More accurately: I enable the addons and it's fine until I use the Browser in the other OS.

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You shouldn't share profiles because there are links to files in files like extensions.json.

Best would be to use Sync to synchronize your profiles.

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Ugh, sync, I hate it. When it it supposed to sync it doesn't do anything and another time it adds existing stuff a second time. I mean how does it even know in which direction I want to sync? Can't it just ask? I know you're probably not the person to address, but...

Anyway, thanks for pointing out the issue with the paths. That's the reason the addons are re-installed each time.

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Chosen Solution

Well since Firefox sync is a pile of dog excrement I figured out a working solution:

I use a shared profile and run this script on each windows startup and a respective linux variant on Ubuntu startup:

D: cd \AppData\Waterfox\q4805j1x.shared

IF EXIST backup_win\extensions.json (

move extensions.json backup_linux move addonStartup.json.lz4 backup_linux move extension-settings.json backup_linux

move backup_win\extensions.json %cd% move backup_win\addonStartup.json.lz4 %cd% move backup_win\extension-settings.json %cd% )