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Ask to save logins and passwords for websites not checked

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I am running with ubuntu 18.04

I know, this is an ongoing thing. I also understand that there are, possibly, other programs that might interfere with Firefox always Asking to save logins and passwords for websites. I even understand why other password programs might consider Firefox to be a danger to the security of said passwords.

I, however, want Thunderbird to ask to save regardless of what another program or whatever thinks. Given the number of thoughts on this one I suspect that, eventually, you will figure out a way to simply write it in stone no matter what another program thinks.

I notice that there are command line options. As far as I can tell I can't tell Firefox, when starting, to make sure the Ask to save logins and passwords for websites is checked but could such a thing be possible? This would allow me to add a command line when I start firefox on startup. How about "Ask to save logins and passwords for websites = 1" or, say, add a line like that to the profile page? (that might even be better and then the profile file could become kindofa ini file for users.)

Thank you...............

Just a thought..............

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jwhitt12 said

. . . . might interfere with Firefox always Asking to save logins
. . . . I, however, want Thunderbird to ask . . . .

Are you asking about Firefox or Thunderbird?

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You can consider to use a bash script to launch Firefox and copy or place a user.js file to the Firefox profile folder that enables or disables the Firefox Password Manager.

  • user_pref("signon.rememberSignons", true);

The user.js file is read each time Firefox is started and initializes preferences to the value specified in this file, so preferences set via user.js can only be changed temporarily for the current session.

You can use the button on the "Help -> Troubleshooting Information" (about:support) page to go to the current Firefox profile folder or use the about:profiles page.

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Thank you for the replies. Fred McD - my mistake. This applies to firefox.

Cor-el I created a user.js file in my profile directory and put user_pref("signon.rememberSignons", true); as the first line. I then quit Firefox and re-started. Didn't work. However, are you sure that user_pref("signon.rememberSignons", true); is correct? Is there a list someplace with the possible entries that can be made to the user.js file. Oh, I am assuming that Firefox automatically looks for a file called "user.js".

I also found another .js file called "prefs.js" with a huge pile of "pref(" lines. I am running with ubuntu 18.04 so this firefox might be a bit different from windows, etc.

Thanks again for the help!

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It would seem there is simply nothing to solve this one. That being the case I have made up my mind that everytime I start firefox I go into the preferences and check the ask to save logons box.

I think the problem is that there is something on my system that is doing this after firefox comes up the only real solution is to have an option that would disallow somebody else to change the setting.

thanks again for all the help!

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Are you using Privacy mode 'Always' ? Also is the master password in play? these can produce that signon ask failure by default in some configurations.

about:preferences#privacy should allow you to set the 'Ask for saving passwords for websites' if not indicate so in a comment, please

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You can consider to go one step further and use an autoconfig.cfg file to lock this pref.

// first line is a comment
lockPref("signon.rememberSignons", true);

Note that you can find the names of prefs on the about:config page unless it is a hidden pref that isn't present by default (i.e. a default value is assumed).

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Try the Firefox version from the official Mozilla server if you currently use a version from the repositories of your Linux distribution.

Modified by cor-el

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Thanks for the reponses!

I am not using a master password and only privacy sometimes.

My firefox is getting continually updated. Currently using 63.0.3 (64 bit) which is also the version on the home page.

I am using linux (ubuntu 18.04) and the link for the autoconfig thing doesn't have a location for the autoconfig.js file or firefox.cfg file.

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The autoconfig.cfg and autoconfig.js files go in the same directory as on Windows. autoconfig.cfg is in the main Firefox program directory and autoconfig.js is in the defaults/pref directory where normally channel-prefs.js that sets the update channel is located.