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dantruong23
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Post Posted October 16th, 2018, 6:46 am

Setting up FF on a new PC.
If the only things I want from my current profile are:
Addon extensions (options are already set the way I want them)
Bookmarks
What directories/file(s) from the profile do I copy into the FF new profile.

Any others that I need to copy and still have basically a clean profile?

lasardo
 
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Post Posted October 16th, 2018, 8:07 am

Copying places.sqlite and favicons.sqlite will get your bookmarks. Copying the subfolder extensions will copy your extensions, but it will NOT keep their settings. In order to keep extension settings you would have to copy other things, I am not sure exactly which, possibly including prefs.js, many that might defeat the purpose of a new profile.

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Post Posted October 16th, 2018, 9:07 am

Addon extensions (options are already set the way I want them)

that could be difficult if you dont know names and folders - most of them are not in plain text, more like a long random string.
and some of them have settings in that folder, others have a database in another folder.

best way really - is to copy the whole folder
from
%appdata%Mozilla (which is c:\users\<username>\appdata\roaming\Mozilla)
and do uninstall what is not needed.

therube

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Post Posted October 16th, 2018, 10:05 am

Extension preferences are no longer stored in prefs.js.

Where you ask?
That's a good question & I don't think there is a straight forward answer to that.
There is one location, that always escapes me, that (I believe) all extensions are able to use, but with that, an extension may or may not use it, & if they don't they store their settings elsewhere, which AFAIK could be arbitrary.

(Isn't advancement great :-).)
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Post Posted October 16th, 2018, 2:10 pm

Extension preferences are no longer stored in prefs.js.

one of the achievements of quantum i really appreciate - prefs for firefox only and the rest elsewhere.

therube

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Post Posted October 17th, 2018, 8:30 am

While good in principle, in practice, less so.

In practice.
That is going on the premise that you, the user, want to be able to (easily) see & manipulate your data, your (extension) preference settings.

prefs.js is a text file.
Easy for a (human) to search & modify.
Where extensions currently store their data is not particularly known & is likely in some sort of binary file (be it .sqlite or whatever) that hardly lends itself to examination much less manipulation.

storage-sync.sqlite vs. prefs.js
NoScript 10 Needs UI for Viewing/Editing xssUserChoices

And then one needs to realize that xyz extension is storing its' prefs in "storage-sync.sqlite".
As it is, everyone "knows" prefs.js, there is a KB article for it.
Few know storage-sync.sqlite.

PS: uBlock does not store its settings in storage-sync.sqlite (so just where does it store it?) ;-).
(Eh, not 100% on that, & can't check presently.)
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