Firefox updates, profiles, sync
The problem is that I am severely confused. It pertains to at least Firefox profiles, and sync. A little background: I have been using Firefox, happily, over countless u… (read more)
The problem is that I am severely confused. It pertains to at least Firefox profiles, and sync.
A little background: I have been using Firefox, happily, over countless updates, on a single computer, for maybe 2 decades, logging in to "shopping" websites (travel-tickets, government websites, blah-blah, so password memory is very important). Now on 113.0, on a Mac, Catalina 10.15.7
Recently, I've a need to travel, using a laptop. Linux, Mint, Ubuntu, various. Should maybe think about "Sync". Just care about logins/passwords. So signed on to Mozilla "Sync" (password safe on a bit of paper). What could go wrong? Not yet tried to sync to anything else...
Wrong. Firefox wanted to update to 113.0.1. Why not? Go ahead. I've 2 previous versions in /Applications. What could go wrong? On 113.0.1, Firefox warned me (in capital letters IIRC) that my bookmarks, passwords and history might be corrupted unless I created a new profile.
Perhaps because I panicked, I now have 7 profiles. Obfuscating slightly: blahblah1.default-esr-1 blahblah2.default-esr-4 orig.default blahblah3.default-esr-3 blahblah4.default-esr blahblah5.default-esr-2 and blahblah6.default-release
I have parked the 113.0.1 update in a holding directory, and continue to use 113.0. I've had to change some passwords, but the new ones are written safely (AFAIK) on bits of paper, or memory sticks.
How to sort this out? My super-duper backups have been failing for lack of space.
I appreciate (see above) that "Sync" is not a backup strategy. I THINK I know what it is intended. However the mere word "Sync" does not really cut it as a dependable specification. I've not (AFAICR) tried to sync this computer's firefox profile to any other. But I was in an extreme panic.
I depend heavily on Thunderbird. I'm hopeful that any false steps I take won't extinguish any remaining ability I have to communicate with the outside world. If this wail appears on your support website, that would be reassuring.