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Why are Add-on Buttons along with the Toolbar keep disappearing in the Firefox4,5&9?

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I arrange all the Add-on Buttons on a Toolbar created for this specific purpose(Options - Toolbar Layout - Add New Toolbar). I recently upgraded from Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 12 and that's when the trouble started.All the Add-on Buttons along with the Toolbar started disappearing.I checked if any of the add-on (one by one)is causing this problem but found nothing.But the Add-on Buttons work fine when arranged on the Status Bar(now the so called Addon Bar).

Later I found out that this particular problem exists in all the Browsers based on Firefox's latest version(Pale Moon,Cometbird,Wyzo,Epic etc). That means something is causing this toolbar to disappear in the latest versions of Firefox(i.e., Firefox 4,5,10 and Firefox 12). So please help me to rectify this problem.I am impressed by the improvements made in the latest versions of Firefox but due to this problem Firefox has become useless for me.

Don't tell me about "places.sqlite" "localstore.rdf" and all that shit.I've searched the whole God damned Web,Tried changing to new Profile,Deleted localstore.rdf and saw whether it will work.This is my last resort. Firefox 3.6 was a great browser.Within a span of one year you morons have jumped from Firefox v3.6 to Firefox v12! Not allowing the Extension ecosystem to stabilize.Giving no time to apps developers to catchup.The App developers have fallen behind and half of my addons are not working.You people have become an example on how to kill a great product.The guys at MS might be watching in delight the Firefox's harakiri!

Thank You, Helme.

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jscher2000
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Since I only ever put add-on buttons on the main Navigation toolbar (or the Add-ons bar) rather than my own custom bar, I haven't experienced this myself.

Can you detect a pattern with particular add-ons' buttons (or native Firefox buttons) being removed time and again?

In your new profile test, did you add extensions one at a time (one per restart of Firefox), or otherwise try to isolate particular add-ons as the issue? (Bugzilla has at least one example of an extension causing a problem with custom toolbars: 667627 – divx html5 removes added toolbars. I don't see this particular extension on your list.)

I wonder whether some extensions now include some kind of grooming function or incompatibility that removes their buttons from custom toolbars? It would be easier to investigate with some problem examples.

Question owner

@jscher2000

Thanks for the response.The problem is the same for native Firefox buttons.As for the rest of Addon buttons no I did not test one at a time.I simple arranged them all.May be now i have to test one by one.What would be your suggetion?

Question owner

@cor-el

Thanks for the response.I had read from your earlier postes and I had tested whether localstore.rdf is corrupt by removing it an re-customozing the toolbar but in with no results.

jscher2000
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Hi Helme, in a new profile, I would just install your five most essential add-ons and see whether the toolbar sticks. If that is stable, you can continue to add groups of add-ons until you find one that causes the problem. Or perhaps you will determine that it is an interaction between different add-ons. Unfortunately, once you have more than a few extensions, it can be a challenge to diagnose these things.

Question owner

@jscher2000

You are right after few add-ons it's difficult to diagnose correctly.Anyway I'll give it a try and get back to you.

Question owner

Hi jscher2000,

As we had discussed I tried to test by placing the addon buttons one by one on the newly created toobar.Let alone a few buttons not even one button stayed when i restarted the browser.i tried atleast half of the addon buttons.

Also remember these buttons behaved perfectly on v3.6.The problem started only when I upgraded to v4,v5........and now v12.So I think it is not the addon problem. Somthing is wrong with the toolbar customization.What do you think?

jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
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I think my suggestion wasn't clear enough. In the new profile, don't install all your add-ons at once -- just install a few at a time and restart in between.

A new Firefox profile will look like a fresh install. To create one, close Firefox and start up in the Profile Manager as described in the article Use the Profile Manager to create and remove Firefox profiles. Any time you want to switch profiles, close Firefox and return to this dialog.

You can use the new profile for testing only, or you can migrate your bookmarks and other key settings like bookmarks from your problem profile to the new one. See Recovering important data from an old profile.

Hopefully this will help track it down.

Question owner

Hi jscher2000,

   No need for changing the profile as I uninstalled FF12.Removed all the traces and then added the addons before testing.But the info you have provided on how to change the profile will help me in the future.Thank you.But the problem still remains!