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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 12:55 pm

Is there any way to restore a session manually - that is some way other than Go-Restore Previous Session?

Sometimes this is highlighted, but it doesn't work.

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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 1:12 pm

Or maybe it is that there is nothing to restore, so only about:blank or the like?

If you had a backup, that would give you something to fall back on.
(There is one backup created automatically, but that could end up being the one you didn't want.)
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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 1:27 pm

There was definitely something to restore. If there is nothing to restore, that option is grey. This time I clearly remember that there were several windows, and the option was full black, yet it would not work.

I don't think anyone backs up every time they shut down, and even so, tabs and windows wouldn't be backed up except by a system image - unless you know a trick that I don't.

How do I use the one backup that is created automatically that you mention?

Thanks!

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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 2:40 pm

Session Restore is stored in the file, sessionstore.json, located in your Profile directory.
Back that up from time to time, & assuming it is not corrupted or something like that, you should be able to use that, as a backup, should a problem arise.
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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 3:36 pm

Good information - but how do I use that to automatically restore the session, or must I use it as a reference list only?

OOPS.... /opt/seamonkey/defaults/profile contains: panels.rdf and localstore.rdf, no sessionstore.json.

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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 3:46 pm

Go to Help > Troubleshooting Info > Show Folder. That will be your current session.

The folder you are looking at is I believe just the defaults that ship with SeaMonkey which are used when a new profile is created.

You can also use Go > Recently Closed Tabs or Recently Closed Windows to get old sessions.
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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 5:24 pm

Help > Troubleshooting has no Show Folder option. It leads directly to this page below between the === lines.
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Go > Recently Closed Tabs or Recently Closed Windows (or history) works, but it's a one-by-one thing... helpful, but when I had about 20 windows/tabs open, it's a real battle, and may not show those that I had open for a long time, like days, without searching through hundreds or thousands of entries.

Any other possibilities?

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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 6:12 pm

Under Help > Troubleshooting Info you should see something like this:

Application Basics

Name: SeaMonkey
Version: 2.24
Update History: [Show Update History]
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:27.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/27.0 SeaMonkey/2.24
Profile Folder: [Show Folder]
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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 8:12 pm

I easily found what you are talking about, the button shows "Open Directory" instead of "Show Folder". If I press that button, it appears to activate (changes color, etc.), but nothing is opened, the button just pops back up with no info displayed.

The "Show Update History" button does work.

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Post Posted February 20th, 2014, 8:22 pm

Maybe because of this? Linux apparently likes to hide these folders?
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_folde ... efox#Linux
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Post Posted February 21st, 2014, 8:16 am

(Somebody suggested they actually show the directory name, but others thought it to be too "dangerous" [I shivered as I typed this] Bug 658186 - RFE: about:support Provide "Profile Directory" Path/Name in addition to Open Button ;-).)


> how do I use that to automatically restore the session, or must I use it as a reference list only?

Oh, not sure, exactly.
Just mess around a bit & see what happens.

I believe ...

Likely going to depend on Browser | Display on Browser Startup settings & also how you exited the prior session.

If you use 'Restore Previous Session' & it finds sessionstore.json, it should just use it.
If you do not use 'Restore Previous Session' it may depend on how you last quit SeaMonkey.

If you had used 'Save and Quit' & replace sessionstore.json prior to starting SeaMonkey, it should use that sessionstore.json on startup.

If you did not use 'Save and Quit', then I think the saved (existing) sessionstore.json would be empty, & also there is no flag in prefs.js to actually use Session Restore, so it would not restore anything. Even so, had you replaced sessionstore.json prior to starting (I believe ?), a Go | Restore Previous Session should be bolded, allowing you to manually restore.
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Post Posted February 21st, 2014, 10:15 pm

It might be good to go back to the bottom line here, so I'll reset the stage.

Sometimes, even though I select the "Save" option, SeaMonkey won't respond to the "Go>Restore Previous Session", even though it appears active (Black, not Grey).

What I'm looking for is a way to work around that problem. It might be a setup situation, a menu choice solution, some "Harry Potter incantations" in the Terminal, or something else.

BTW, in the Linux version, it never automatically restores (at least by my experience), it must always be manual.

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