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Sapperdeflap

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Post Posted December 19th, 2017, 9:20 am

Hello everybody,

Is there a way that I can bring my FF browser history of my desktop to my laptop?

Thanks,

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Post Posted December 19th, 2017, 11:27 am

Others may have other ways to do this... or, maybe better... but one way is be in your desktop, have a usb drive inserted, click on Show all History and you should see an Export to HTML ... export it... then on your laptop insert that usb drive and then get into its Firefox... then the same Show all History... then Import from HTML and point to that usb drive... then Import. BUT, at this time I don't recall if that import replaces your current history or just adds to it... don't remember right now... so it's always good to do profile backups before messing around with stuff.

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Post Posted December 19th, 2017, 11:50 am

Hi Pipo - (yes, I'm addressing 'Sapperdeflap') !

In addition to the above, maybe you'd like to take a look at the suggestions in this thread on the Mozilla support forum :

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/948715

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Post Posted December 19th, 2017, 12:03 pm

I would recommend using the built in sync feature.
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Post Posted December 26th, 2017, 10:50 am

Thank you, dfoulkes, Happy112 and smsmith for taking the trouble to answer. I find the sync option very alluring, but I happen to dislike storing my data in clouds.

So I gathered that places.sqlite is the file which stores the actual browser history (amongst other things). Can I just copy that file and replace the one in my laptop? When I read about doing things with the profile it seems I have to use other programs or add-ons. Maybe that is useful when you want to edit specific data. But that touches upon an issue I have with finding info about Mozilla programs: it often is so old that I don't know whether it's still valid, esp. now since FF Quantum. :? That's why I didn't bother this time and just asked the question here. :)

As an aside: I noticed I now have two profile folders. One just being 895 Kb and containing only one extension from a freeware AV program I had for a few days and it's almost two years old. I learned how to open the Profile Manager and it lists only the big profile folder with all the numbers. Both are called .default, isn't that weird? I made a pic:

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It's obvious that the second one of 895 Kb is a mishap of some sorts. Can I delete it just like that? Just to be sure. Profile folders are very precious to me.
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Post Posted December 26th, 2017, 11:16 am

Can I just copy that file and replace the one in my laptop?

Yes.
Backup first & be sure that FF is closed prior to proceeding.
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Post Posted December 26th, 2017, 8:42 pm

Note that when the refresh feature in Firefox is used a new profile is created with a time stamp appended, so you can see when this profile got created.
1454353198019 = Mon Feb 1, 2016

Note that you can find the main profile folder in AppData\Roaming and not in AppData\Local.
The latter is used for the disk cache and other temporary data.

Make sure to remove existing places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal SQLite temp files when you replace places.sqlite.

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Post Posted December 27th, 2017, 2:00 pm

Make sure to remove existing places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal SQLite temp files when you replace places.sqlite.

Does that apply to the source, destination or both?

(You would expect not to see those files, but there are times that you do. I had always thought that if they existing in the source, that you would want to also copy them over to the destination?)
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Post Posted December 30th, 2017, 2:03 am

There might be pending operations in the SQLite temp files that Firefox may try to finish if these files are present in the profile folder.
Obviously you wouldn't to apply these temp files to a not matching places.sqlite that you copied from elsewhere and even you may or shouldn't take the risk of damaging places.sqlite in case of problems with these files.
So best is to remove these files when present and don't include them in the copy process.

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