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How do I make Firefox Sync synchronize manually?

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This is my situation:

I sync my bookmarks, passwords and extensions using Firefox Sync.

When I start up Firefox, it asks me for my master password because Firefox sync wants to sync on startup and I have a master password set up.

So what happens is, I'm typing a website address, the master password dialog pops up, receives focus, and I accidentally type a part of the website address in the password dialog, which I dismiss using escape, and then I have to retype the website address.

A solution for me would be to disable automatic syncing (or at least just after startup).

Is there a way of doing this?

(I'm not scared of the about:config, but couldn't find anything there that would fix this. Alternatively, could I file this as a feature request in Bugzilla, or as a UX issue?)

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Note that you can also specify a delay up to 300 seconds via the services.sync.autoconnectDelay pref.

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cor-el
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There are extensions that ask for the MP at startup to prevent this issue.

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In about:config

services.sync.autoconnect - default is true = double-click to toggle to false

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Note that you can also specify a delay up to 300 seconds via the services.sync.autoconnectDelay pref.

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Thanks for your help, both keys didn't exist yet, I had to create them. Follow-up question: autoconnectDelay is in microseconds?

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cor-el
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The services.sync.autoconnectDelay pref would be in seconds AFAICT from the Firefox source code.

166     // delays are in seconds
167     const MAX_DELAY = 300;
168     let delay = 3;

Nothing comes up when searching for services.sync.autoconnect, so I don't think that this pref is supported in the current Firefox release.

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