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Firefox 59 on Ubuntu 14.04. Firefox just hangs forever when I attempt to delete many history items, say >100. The best and not useful document I could find on this was https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/893223 - please help?

Firefox 59 on Ubuntu 14.04. Firefox just hangs forever when I attempt to delete many history items, say >100. The best and not useful document I could find on this was https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/893223 - please help?

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FredMcD
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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.

[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.

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FredMcD said

[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.

Thank you very much. I tried this and nothing obviously bad came up - transcript below. Afterwards I tried deleting history items again. 5 seconds to delete 25 lines. Eventually it would be great for Firefox to remedy this slowness. My only other reference web browsers are Chrome & Safari, where deleting 1000 history line items happens instantaneously with one click of delete button.

Task: checkIntegrity

+ The database is sane > Task: invalidateCaches + The caches have been invalidated > Task: checkCoherence + The database is coherent > Task: expire + Database cleaned up > Task: vacuum + Initial database size is 71680 KiB + The database has been vacuumed + Final database size is 66560 KiB > Task: stats + Database size is 66560 KiB + pragma_user_version is 41 + pragma_page_size is 4096 + pragma_cache_size is -2048 + pragma_journal_mode is wal + pragma_synchronous is 1 + History can store a maximum of 170303 unique pages + Table moz_bookmarks has 324 records + Table moz_keywords has 0 records + Table sqlite_sequence has 1 records + Table moz_annos has 567 records + Table moz_anno_attributes has 11 records + Table moz_items_annos has 207 records + Table moz_places has 155683 records + Table moz_historyvisits has 212503 records + Table moz_inputhistory has 1416 records + Table sqlite_stat1 has 17 records + Table moz_hosts has 10050 records + Table moz_bookmarks_deleted has 0 records + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_deleted_1 + Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex + Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex + Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex + Index moz_places_hostindex + Index moz_places_visitcount + Index moz_places_frecencyindex + Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex + Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex + Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex + Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex + Index moz_places_url_hashindex + Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex + Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex + Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_keywords_placepostdata_uniqueindex + Index moz_bookmarks_dateaddedindex > Task: _refreshUI

''FredMcD [[#answer-1100598|said]]'' <blockquote> [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. </blockquote> Thank you very much. I tried this and nothing obviously bad came up - transcript below. Afterwards I tried deleting history items again. 5 seconds to delete 25 lines. Eventually it would be great for Firefox to remedy this slowness. My only other reference web browsers are Chrome & Safari, where deleting 1000 history line items happens instantaneously with one click of delete button. Task: checkIntegrity + The database is sane > Task: invalidateCaches + The caches have been invalidated > Task: checkCoherence + The database is coherent > Task: expire + Database cleaned up > Task: vacuum + Initial database size is 71680 KiB + The database has been vacuumed + Final database size is 66560 KiB > Task: stats + Database size is 66560 KiB + pragma_user_version is 41 + pragma_page_size is 4096 + pragma_cache_size is -2048 + pragma_journal_mode is wal + pragma_synchronous is 1 + History can store a maximum of 170303 unique pages + Table moz_bookmarks has 324 records + Table moz_keywords has 0 records + Table sqlite_sequence has 1 records + Table moz_annos has 567 records + Table moz_anno_attributes has 11 records + Table moz_items_annos has 207 records + Table moz_places has 155683 records + Table moz_historyvisits has 212503 records + Table moz_inputhistory has 1416 records + Table sqlite_stat1 has 17 records + Table moz_hosts has 10050 records + Table moz_bookmarks_deleted has 0 records + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_keywords_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_anno_attributes_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_inputhistory_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_hosts_1 + Index sqlite_autoindex_moz_bookmarks_deleted_1 + Index moz_bookmarks_itemindex + Index moz_bookmarks_parentindex + Index moz_bookmarks_itemlastmodifiedindex + Index moz_places_hostindex + Index moz_places_visitcount + Index moz_places_frecencyindex + Index moz_historyvisits_placedateindex + Index moz_historyvisits_fromindex + Index moz_historyvisits_dateindex + Index moz_places_lastvisitdateindex + Index moz_places_url_hashindex + Index moz_annos_placeattributeindex + Index moz_items_annos_itemattributeindex + Index moz_bookmarks_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_places_guid_uniqueindex + Index moz_keywords_placepostdata_uniqueindex + Index moz_bookmarks_dateaddedindex > Task: _refreshUI
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Hi, this may make things faster but.....please try a Refresh but Note that this does more than uninstalling and re-installing does. Normal uninstalling does not remove some preferences which may have become corrupt. Please Refresh but do this 1st: Delete your Cookies and Cache and TEST.

then

TEST....... If no issues then Extensions which need to be added back in 1 at a time and tested ..... Or it is your Profile : Make a new one and test ...:

If is your Profile :

Note: Any customization will revert back to default, you will also need to reinstall Extensions.

Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

Hi, this may make things faster but.....please try a Refresh but Note that this does more than uninstalling and re-installing does. Normal uninstalling does not remove some preferences which may have become corrupt. Please Refresh but do this 1st: Delete your Cookies and Cache and TEST. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles then *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings TEST....... If no issues then Extensions which need to be added back in 1 at a time and tested ..... Or it is your Profile : Make a new one and test ...: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles If is your Profile : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox Note: Any customization will revert back to default, you will also need to reinstall Extensions. Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.

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Thank you very much for your help.

Sadly, I went through all your steps here and there was no improvement in the time taken to delete lines of history. It still hangs. Probably I just have to live with this or am inclined to move to another browser like Chrome which does not have this problem.

Pkshadow said

Hi, this may make things faster but.....please try a Refresh but Note that this does more than uninstalling and re-installing does. Normal uninstalling does not remove some preferences which may have become corrupt. Please Refresh but do this 1st: Delete your Cookies and Cache and TEST. then TEST....... If no issues then Extensions which need to be added back in 1 at a time and tested ..... Or it is your Profile : Make a new one and test ...: If is your Profile : Note: Any customization will revert back to default, you will also need to reinstall Extensions. Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance.
Thank you very much for your help. Sadly, I went through all your steps here and there was no improvement in the time taken to delete lines of history. It still hangs. Probably I just have to live with this or am inclined to move to another browser like Chrome which does not have this problem. ''Pkshadow [[#answer-1101879|said]]'' <blockquote> Hi, this may make things faster but.....please try a Refresh but Note that this does more than uninstalling and re-installing does. Normal uninstalling does not remove some preferences which may have become corrupt. Please Refresh but do this 1st: Delete your Cookies and Cache and TEST. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/back-and-restore-information-firefox-profiles then *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/refresh-firefox-reset-add-ons-and-settings TEST....... If no issues then Extensions which need to be added back in 1 at a time and tested ..... Or it is your Profile : Make a new one and test ...: *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/profile-manager-create-and-remove-firefox-profiles If is your Profile : *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/recovering-important-data-from-an-old-profile *http://kb.mozillazine.org/Transferring_data_to_a_new_profile_-_Firefox Note: Any customization will revert back to default, you will also need to reinstall Extensions. Please let us know if this solved your issue or if need further assistance. </blockquote>