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How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

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How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

I am transitioning from Win XP to a new Ubuntu Linux OS (10.10 or higher). Firefox help pages only give information about backup/restore settings within a single OS. I want to transfer all of the settings, extensions, preferences, bookmarks, everything that I have built up over the years on the Win XP version to the Firefox I'll be running on Ubuntu.

Can I use Firefox Sync to do this? If so, how? If not, what do I need to do?

I'm comfortable using a Linux command line and poking around in Win XP's hidden files. I know where the Firefox data lives on both Win XP and on Ubuntu Linux. I just need to know how to transfer that data into Linux-readable data.

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Re: How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

It is not recommended to transfer a full profile folder from one OS to another OS because some files contain absolute paths to files.

See:

New Contributor

Re: How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

I already know that. I'm primarily wanting to know if Firefox Sync or some other tool can do the job.

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Re: How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

You can look at FEBE (Win,Linux).

New Contributor

Re: How can I move Firefox settings from Win XP to Ubuntu?

Please do not give me random suggestions. There is no documentation on the FEBE page.

I am looking for help from someone familiar with LINUX and its peculiarities, as well as with WinXP.

My question regarding Firefox Sync remains unanswered.