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tomri
 
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Post Posted July 15th, 2019, 5:55 am

Hi,

After updating to FF 68 some of the search engine icons in that idiotically inefficient search box drop down box are gone. Namely the icons for Google, Bing, and Wikipedia. The rest is still there. Does anyone have the same problem?

br/Tom

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Post Posted July 15th, 2019, 9:07 am

Nope.

Moving to Firefox Support.

Did you check under Tools->Options->Search to make sure they don't just have to be selected?

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Post Posted July 15th, 2019, 12:32 pm

Try to delete search.json.mozlz4 in the main profile folder.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folder_-_Firefox

Help -> Troubleshooting Information -> Profile Directory: Show Folder

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Post Posted July 15th, 2019, 5:50 pm

(There is this, search.json.mozlz4 file was reset. All custom plugins gone, but it deals with Nightly & the circumstances are different, so like not the issue.)
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.19) Gecko/20110420 SeaMonkey/2.0.14 Pinball CopyURL+ FetchTextURL FlashGot NoScript

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Post Posted July 16th, 2019, 12:01 am

Deleting search.json.mozlz4 did not help. I should add that the search engine entries are not fully gone, just some of the icons are not showing, so there are empty fields in the grid. This means even more guessing where to click, on top of the fact that the positions of icons change when the window width is changed (which is an unfortunate feature of the "new" search dialog). The same has happened on two installations of FF, one on Windows and one on Linux. I have set auto update search engines to false. Could that make a difference? And how can I trigger the update/how long do I have to wait before I know? I was thinking the icons are stored locally so no URL updates are needed, but maybe I'm wrong.
Edit: there seems to be another rendering related problem with the search drop-down box: sometimes it is only rendered half way for a moment. It is hard to describe, looks like only the upper half is rendered or the grid rolls down from the top. Have never seen that before in FF.

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Post Posted July 16th, 2019, 4:41 am

Does the same thing occur if you launch the application in Mozilla Safe Mode? http://kb.mozillazine.org/Safe_mode

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Post Posted July 16th, 2019, 8:59 pm

You can try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.
Options/Preferences -> General: Performance -> "Use recommended performance settings" -> "Use hardware acceleration when available"
Close and restart Firefox to make the change take effect.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/pe ... e-settings
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/up ... celeration

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 4:34 am

@DanRaisch Problem is still there in safe mode
@dickvl Hardware acceleration is always disabled in my profile.
Thanks

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 4:53 am

Can you try to:
1 - close Firefox
2 - delete extensions.json
3 - reopen Firefox

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 10:52 pm

The search engine icon data is stored in search.json.mozlz4, so if you do not see them then there is a problem with this file.

Do you see the icons on the about:debugging page?

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 11:13 pm

Yes the search engine icons data are stored in search.json.mozlz4 / discussed here: viewtopic.php?p=14837888#p14837888

But.... default Firefox search engines included in omni.ja are considered by Firefox as extensions: see about:support

You cannot disable or uninstall default search engines, but can only hide them in about:preferences.

Then iif deleting search.json.mozlz4 does not solve tomri problem, this is why I propose to investigate a reset of extension file.

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Post Posted July 19th, 2019, 12:35 am

Diorser wrote:Can you try to:
1 - close Firefox
2 - delete extensions.json
3 - reopen Firefox

Tried this, no change. Problem might be related to heavy changes in my user.js. Something in FF 68 may have become incompatible, but this is just a guess. Essentially my user.js follows this: https://github.com/ghacksuserjs/ghacks-user.js.

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Post Posted July 19th, 2019, 12:44 am

When an extension icon disappears, it sometimes can be solved by just disabling/re-enabling the extension. Sometimes, it does not solve.
Problem for default search extensions: you cannot disable them.

You can also try to delete addons.json and addonStartup.json.lz4 .

You can also try to enable browser.search.reset.enabled in about:config.

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Post Posted July 19th, 2019, 4:37 am

Fixed it by editing the JSON inside search.json.mozlz4. What I did is I removed the entry for Bing which I later added back in. That also made the other icons re-appear. It is really unfortunate that there is no GUI in FF to allow full access to the search engines. Business reasons, I guess.

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Post Posted July 19th, 2019, 4:48 am

Business managed by activity-stream process (see about:config).
The only way to really erase these default search engines is to edit firefox/browser/omni.ja, and delete chrome/browser/search-extensions/ folder.

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zip -d omni.ja "chrome/browser/search-extensions/*"

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