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Options/Privacy/History/custom-is set to remember. Why then are there "no items" in the library???

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I want to see my history! FF 24 is set to remember browsing, download, search and form! No items it library!

Modified by Sportster

Chosen solution

You were right, cor-el, the places.sqlite was corrupted.

I add the Places Maintenance add-on. But all it did was tell me the file was corrupted.

After shutting down Firefox, I deleted all of the places.sqlite files. I restarted Firefox and all is good. I still have my Bookmarks and only lost the most visited tabs info, which I believe will fill back in as I continue to browse with Firefox.

Thanks to both of you for your feedback.

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iamjayakumars
  • Top 10 Contributor
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Make sure you not running Firefox in (permanent) Private Browsing mode.

If you not using Private Browsing Mode

  • Tools > Options > Privacy > History>
  • Firefox will: "Use custom settings for history":
  • Select: [x] Accept Cookies from sites
    • Accept third party cookies: "From Visited"
  • Keep until "They Expire"
  • Deselect: [ ] "Clear history when Firefox closes"
  • https://support.mozilla.org/kb/Clear+Recent+History

If you use cleanup software like CCleaner then check the settings for the Firefox application.

Question owner

Thanks for you reply,

As you can see in my post, I have the options set to Custom and to Remember.

I can see cookies in the Show Cookies window, that's not a problem.

Even if I was using a cleanup software there's nothing there to cleanup except cookies!

I've included a couple of screenshots.

I'm not sure but I think I might have to change something in about:config even thought I haven't changed anything since I updated to FF 24

Looking forward to your response.

cor-el
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Problems with bookmarks and history not working properly can be caused by a corrupted places.sqlite database file.

You can check for problems with the places.sqlite database file in the Firefox profile folder.

Chosen Solution

You were right, cor-el, the places.sqlite was corrupted.

I add the Places Maintenance add-on. But all it did was tell me the file was corrupted.

After shutting down Firefox, I deleted all of the places.sqlite files. I restarted Firefox and all is good. I still have my Bookmarks and only lost the most visited tabs info, which I believe will fill back in as I continue to browse with Firefox.

Thanks to both of you for your feedback.

Modified by Sportster

cor-el
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You're welcome