Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bookmarks can't be saved in Firefox 3

Thank you to Rob from Holland who (not only donated to BleachBit but) reported this bug. When deleting the Places database in Firefox version 3 using BleachBit 0.4.2, it's not possible to save new bookmarks. The bookmarks disappear when Firefox is restarted.

A Mozilla knowledge base article gives the solution. If you suffer this bug in BleachBit 0.4.2, close Firefox and run this command:

rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/bookmarkbackups/*json

The explanation: Firefox tries to reconstruct the missing places.sqlite file from the JSON backups.

The fix is applied for BleachBit 0.5.0. For older versions, you may apply this patch.


  1. Nice,
    you are the same of OpenOffice Ninja! OMG!
    i been reading this site time to time,
    i want ogltransitions.deb for 3!

  2. juancarlospaco: Yes, guilty as charged! Have you tried 'apt-get install'?

  3. Bookmarks can't be saved with Version 0.5.0
    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux x86_64; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009042700 SUSE/3.0.10-1.1.1 Firefox/3.0.10

    Now it removes also the old bookmarks what have bean saved before.

  4. Uwe: I'm not sure what you mean. If you tell BleachBit to delete 'Places,' it clearly states the intention is to delete bookmarks.


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