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Post Posted February 16th, 2010, 10:55 am

I have history set to 3-days, yet I have history including all of January. Prev. I deleted other earlier months. What's going on? Is this a bug?

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Post Posted February 16th, 2010, 12:21 pm

See if this will hep.
The setting in the options dialog is to store history for at least the number of days that you choose. To set a maximum number of days you need to change a hidden setting.

Type about:config into the location bar and press enter. This brings up a list or preferences.
Locate the preference browser.history_expire_days, double-click on it and change the value to the maximum number of days to keep the history.

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Post Posted February 16th, 2010, 12:30 pm

Thanks Platon_. Done. I noticed that "at least" - what the heck it that about? Clearly something changed in one of the versions - why? Seems counter-intuitive and misleading to say the least. What am I missing?

Thanks again.

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Post Posted February 16th, 2010, 12:44 pm

Sorry, I can't answer that question. I am missing the point too :|

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Post Posted February 16th, 2010, 2:15 pm

Yes, it is kind of a strange way to handle History. Seems to me that it would be very simple to add another line in Options to have "Keep no more..." or something like that in addition to the min. Some of the "basic" settings in Firefox seem to be "non-user" friendly.
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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 11:46 am

Even though I set browser.history_expire_days = 3. I still see "last 7 days" history, although I no longer see January. What the heck???

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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 12:07 pm

Yes, but the 3 days that you have set it to "are within" the last 7 days... that's why it displays. When you look at the exact history within that 7 day line you should only see his. for the 3 days that you set.... look at the dates.
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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 12:14 pm

How can I see the dates for the history items?

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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 1:06 pm

On your Menu line... Bookmarks/Organize Bookmarks and then when that window opens up ... in the upper left hand corner the History stuff is displayed... click on the 7 days line and history will display in the right pane. If you don's see Visited date there then you need to add it to your display...by right clicking on the header of that right pane and choosing what you want displayed.... or clicking on View and making changes there.
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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 1:18 pm

OK, thanks very much. As you say, only the last 3-days. Good!

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Post Posted February 17th, 2010, 1:29 pm

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Post Posted August 23rd, 2011, 2:01 pm

In FF6 the above no longer true. i.e. browser.history_expire_days no longer exists(?), but there is a browser.history_expire_days_min & browser.history_expire_days.mirror. I have both set to 3, but not sure what good they are or what they actually do. All my history since March is still there. I only want 3-days of history saved. What do I do?

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Post Posted August 24th, 2011, 8:50 am

Thanks for the links.

I think it is outrageous that FF doesn't allow you to set a time limit on history. I want the last 3 days of pages only. I don't want to have to manually delete my history each day for anything older than 3-days. I do not want to NOT track history. Why would the FF developer's be so obstinate on this point?

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