X
Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.

Support Forum

In Firefox "about:config", what is the difference between the 2 separate entries "network.cookie.lifetimePolicy" and "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd"

Posted

In Firefox "about:config" there are 2 separate entries: "network.cookie.lifetimePolicy" (which has a numerical entry) and "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" which has only a true/false choice.

There is only the one character difference in their names, but an obvious difference in the setting.

What is the difference between these 2 "about:config" entries? In particular, what does "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" do?

I have Firefox v. 73.0.1 installed on a 64 bit Win 7 Pro SP1 computer with i5 processor and 8 GB RAM.

In Firefox "about:config" there are 2 separate entries: "network.cookie.lifetimePolicy" (which has a numerical entry) and "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" which has only a true/false choice. There is only the one character difference in their names, but an obvious difference in the setting. What is the difference between these 2 "about:config" entries? In particular, what does "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" do? I have Firefox v. 73.0.1 installed on a 64 bit Win 7 Pro SP1 computer with i5 processor and 8 GB RAM.
Quote

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 32.0 r0

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Win64; x64; rv:72.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/72.0

More Information

cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
17865 solutions 161655 answers

network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd is likely a pref you accidentally created yourself and is likely showing bold (user set). You can reset this pref using the button at the far right and this pref should be gone on the next Firefox start.

network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd is likely a pref you accidentally created yourself and is likely showing bold (user set). You can reset this pref using the button at the far right and this pref should be gone on the next Firefox start.
Was this helpful to you? 0
Quote

Question owner

I definitely did NOT "accidentally" create network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd.

Note from my original post that network.cookie.lifetimePolicy requires a numerical entry, while network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd requires a True/False selection. That still leaves open the question of the function of network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd, which did NOT disappear on the "next Firefox start."

Furthermore, your statement about an entry in the about:config showing bold is ambiguous. It really means that the entry has been changed by the user.

I definitely did NOT "accidentally" create network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd. Note from my original post that network.cookie.lifetimePolicy requires a numerical entry, while network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd requires a True/False selection. That still leaves open the question of the function of network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd, which did NOT disappear on the "next Firefox start." Furthermore, your statement about an entry in the about:config showing bold is ambiguous. It really means that the entry has been changed by the user.
Was this helpful to you?
Quote
cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
17865 solutions 161655 answers

Did you try to reset the network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd pref to the default value (click the icon at the far right) as that is the way to remove a pref ?

As this isn't a valid pref, it will always show as bold (user set) because only valid prefs can have default value and show not bold.

Did you try to reset the <b>network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd</b> pref to the default value (click the icon at the far right) as that is the way to remove a pref ? As this isn't a valid pref, it will always show as bold (user set) because only valid prefs can have default value and show not bold.
Was this helpful to you? 0
Quote

Question owner

There is no reset icon, only Toggle and Delete (see attached image).

There is no reset icon, only Toggle and Delete (see attached image).
Was this helpful to you?
Quote
cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
17865 solutions 161655 answers

Helpful Reply

You can click the Delete button since you can't reset because there is no default value available for this pref.

You can click the Delete button since you can't reset because there is no default value available for this pref.
Was this helpful to you? 1
Quote

Question owner

OK, so I can delete this particular policy. But WHAT am I deleting?

That gets back to my original question:

What does "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" do?

OK, so I can delete this particular policy. But WHAT am I deleting? That gets back to my original question: What does "network.cookie.lifetimePolicyd" do?
Was this helpful to you?
Quote
jscher2000
  • Top 10 Contributor
8959 solutions 73404 answers

Helpful Reply

mbrickercomclcntct said

OK, so I can delete this particular policy. But WHAT am I deleting?

The presence of a garbage can icon indicates that the preference is not in about:config by default and was added. Firefox allows adding preferences to about:config (or the prefs.js file), usually to trigger internal hidden features. In the old days, extensions could add preferences, too.

You can search the last part of a preference name in the Firefox source code and see whether you can find it referenced:

https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-release/search?q=lifetimePolicyd&redirect=false

I get zero results, suggesting it either has become obsolete by now, or never did anything. It certainly looks like a typo, and not an actual Firefox preference name.

''mbrickercomclcntct [[#answer-1299425|said]]'' <blockquote> OK, so I can delete this particular policy. But WHAT am I deleting? </blockquote> The presence of a garbage can icon indicates that the preference is not in about:config by default and was added. Firefox allows adding preferences to about:config (or the prefs.js file), usually to trigger internal hidden features. In the old days, extensions could add preferences, too. You can search the last part of a preference name in the Firefox source code and see whether you can find it referenced: https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-release/search?q=lifetimePolicyd&redirect=false I get zero results, suggesting it either has become obsolete by now, or never did anything. It certainly ''looks'' like a typo, and not an actual Firefox preference name.
Was this helpful to you? 1
Quote
cor-el
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
17865 solutions 161655 answers

The Boolean type is default radio choice for a new bookmark, so is there is a pref name (misspelled network.cookie.lifetimePolicy with a 'd' appended) in the search bar and you click the '+' icon then you create a new pref with the name currently present on the search bar. You can thus easily create a pref with a name that isn't a valid pref and such a pref is always shown as bold. You can safely remove this pref by clicking the delete button. This happens to me as well at times, but then mostly the name is too short and I miss some characters at the end or there is a space in front.

The Boolean type is default radio choice for a new bookmark, so is there is a pref name (misspelled network.cookie.lifetimePolicy with a 'd' appended) in the search bar and you click the '+' icon then you create a new pref with the name currently present on the search bar. You can thus easily create a pref with a name that isn't a valid pref and such a pref is always shown as bold. You can safely remove this pref by clicking the delete button. This happens to me as well at times, but then mostly the name is too short and I miss some characters at the end or there is a space in front.
Was this helpful to you? 1
Quote
Ask a question

You must log in to your account to reply to posts. Please start a new question, if you do not have an account yet.