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what is "site preference"? and what happens if I clear this?

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in firefox 3.6.8 Mac Tiger, what is "site preference" mean? What happens if I clear this?

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It is for permissions and preferences that are set up on a per-site basis. For example you can set a preference to allow pop-ups for one site whilst by default they are blocked on all other sites.

If you clear the site preferences then the Firefox default settings will be used.

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Clearing "Site Preferences" in "Clear Recent History" will remove exceptions that are stored in content-prefs.sqlite (site specific settings for zoom) and permissions.sqlite (exceptions for images, cookies, pop-ups, software; Tools > Page Info > Permissions) in the Profile Folder.

The password exceptions (Tools > Options > Security: Passwords: Show Passwords) are also removed from signons.sqlite.