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Themes are synced even though I've disabled it with lightweightThemes and activeThemeID

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Hello,

I have 3 different profiles and I'd like to have a visual indication of the currently active profile. I've found that using themes is the best option (a red theme for production, green for test, grey for default) but I can't prevent Firefox Sync to sync the active theme between my profiles.

I have set both services.sync.prefs.sync.extensions.activeThemeID and services.sync.prefs.sync.lightweightThemes to false and restarted all my Firefox profiles.

After a while, all windows/profiles are synced to the same theme.

Are those settings really read by Firefox Sync ? I'm on Windows 10, Firefox 91.10.0esr (32-bit)

Thanks in advance for your help !

Hello, I have 3 different profiles and I'd like to have a visual indication of the currently active profile. I've found that using themes is the best option (a red theme for production, green for test, grey for default) but I can't prevent Firefox Sync to sync the active theme between my profiles. I have set both services.sync.prefs.sync.extensions.activeThemeID and services.sync.prefs.sync.lightweightThemes to false and restarted all my Firefox profiles. After a while, all windows/profiles are synced to the same theme. Are those settings really read by Firefox Sync ? I'm on Windows 10, Firefox 91.10.0esr (32-bit) Thanks in advance for your help !

Réiteach roghnaithe

Setting services.sync.prefs.sync.extensions.activeThemeID = false should be sufficient to exclude the theme from sync (the other pref is no longer supported). You can also try this pref in addition:

  • services.sync.addons.ignoreUserEnabledChanges = true
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Hi

As a first step O recommend that you reverse those about:config prefs. They may not be needed for this.

If you open your Firefox Sync settings, do you have add-ons set to sync?

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Yes, I have everything checked except credit cards and open tabs.

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I have created brand new profiles using the profile manager and activated Firefox Sync in each one and so far it seems the theme isn't changed whenever Sync runs.

I have a feeling my problem was due to how I created the profiles before: after creating a new profile, I copied the content of my main profile folder under AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles to the new profile folder, as I wanted to keep the same toolbar layout. Maybe this messed things up ? What's the best way to duplicate a profile then ?

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Well, it seems I spoke too soon, the default grey theme got applied on all profiles again... Really frustrating !

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Réiteach Roghnaithe

Setting services.sync.prefs.sync.extensions.activeThemeID = false should be sufficient to exclude the theme from sync (the other pref is no longer supported). You can also try this pref in addition:

  • services.sync.addons.ignoreUserEnabledChanges = true
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I think that last setting made the trick : the enabled/disabled status of the themes aren't synced between profiles anymore, and as result, each profile keeps its active theme even after a sync. Thanks !