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One specific URL isn't suggested anymore in the Awesome Bar.

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A site I'm using (drupal.org) recently switched from HTTP to HTTPS URLs. I wanted to update my bookmarks and history entries to reflect the change (so the Awesome Bar would suggest the right scheme, instead of needing a redirect). Therefore, I removed one bookmark (http://drupal.org/project/search_api), also deleted the page from the suggestions (typed a few characters, selected the suggestion and pressed DEL – it took multiple tries until Firefox didn't suggest it anymore, though) and then visited the URL with the HTTPS scheme and bookmarked that instead.

However, now Firefox never suggests either of these anymore, neither with HTTP nor with HTTPS. When I visit the HTTPS page, it correctly shows me that it's bookmarked, but the Awesome Bar just doesn't suggest it anymore, no matter what I try.

What could possibly cause this, and how can I fix it?

(PS: Troubleshooter inserted data into the Troubleshooting information which exceeded the character limit. I therefore removed all entries starting with "print.", since I figured they'd probably be irrelevant (and were also over 800).)

Chosen solution

I guess there are two possibilities

  1. something has gone wrong and the awesome bar or bookmarks & history database are not working correctly
  2. it is just not high enough in the ratings {frecency)

Let's presume the second possibility the most likely.
The dropdown only shows a limited number of items.
You could consider adding a tag &/or keyword that should make it easier to find. Also note adding certain characters filters the results again helping to find things.

P.S.
If you have not already noticed take note that Firefox 23 Awesome Bar now uses whatever search engine is selected in the search bar. That will sometimes result in unexpected results. There are workarounds if required.

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Chosen Solution

I guess there are two possibilities

  1. something has gone wrong and the awesome bar or bookmarks & history database are not working correctly
  2. it is just not high enough in the ratings {frecency)

Let's presume the second possibility the most likely.
The dropdown only shows a limited number of items.
You could consider adding a tag &/or keyword that should make it easier to find. Also note adding certain characters filters the results again helping to find things.

P.S.
If you have not already noticed take note that Firefox 23 Awesome Bar now uses whatever search engine is selected in the search bar. That will sometimes result in unexpected results. There are workarounds if required.