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Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by KAVOR » 2022-11-21, 17:17

Browser stopped saving passwords, even the dropdown window at the top disappeared, I did not reinstall the browser only updated!!!!!

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-21, 18:53

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by andrewt » 2022-11-26, 17:29

I've been having the same problem. I did a little troubleshooting and found the following:

I'm running Pale Moon on Linux 64 bit, default theme. Only addons are Disconnect me and Privacy Tracker blocking(?). The problem seems to have started with an upgrade from v27.9.4 to v31.3.0.1 (gtk2). The saved password list became empty and passwords were not being saved for any site (including my own that I know don't disable autofill). Before posting I tried updating to v31.4 (the latest). That didn't improve things.

But each time I upgraded, instead of removing the directory, I renamed it out of the way. So out of curiosity, I moved the new palemoon directory to palemoon-31.4 and moved palemoon-27 back into place and restarted. All my old saved passwords were back and functioned normally.

So it seems for some reason v31.3 and up are not seeing the saved password data. I should still try watching the browser console and see if I find any clues there.

Following is the troubleshooting information for v27.9.4 which I'm running now. I can post v31.4 later if needed.
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Application Basics
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Name: Pale Moon
Version: 27.9.4
Build ID: 20180716162732
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:52.9) Gecko/20100101 Goanna/3.4 Firefox/52.9 PaleMoon/27.9.4
OS: Linux 4.9.0-19-amd64
Multiprocess Windows: 0/5 (default: false)
Safe Mode: false

Extensions
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Name: Disconnect
Version: 3.15.3.1-signed.1-signed
Enabled: true
ID: 2.0@disconnect.me

Name: PrivacyChoice TrackerBlock
Version: 2.2.1-signed.1-signed
Enabled: false
ID: trackerblock@privacychoice.org

Graphics
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Adapter Description: NVIDIA Corporation -- GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2
Device ID: GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2
Driver Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.108
GPU Accelerated Windows: 0/5 Basic
Vendor ID: NVIDIA Corporation
WebGL Renderer: NVIDIA Corporation -- GeForce 210/PCIe/SSE2
windowLayerManagerRemote: false
AzureCanvasBackend: skia
AzureContentBackend: cairo
AzureFallbackCanvasBackend: cairo
AzureSkiaAccelerated: 0

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privacy.GPCheader.enabled: true
privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: true
storage.vacuum.last.index: 1
storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1667878887

Important Locked Preferences
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Places Database
---------------

JavaScript
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Incremental GC: true

Accessibility
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Activated: false
Prevent Accessibility: 1

Library Versions
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NSPR
Expected minimum version: 4.16
Version in use: 4.16

NSS
Expected minimum version: 3.32.1
Version in use: 3.32.1

NSSSMIME
Expected minimum version: 3.32.1
Version in use: 3.32.1

NSSSSL
Expected minimum version: 3.32.1
Version in use: 3.32.1

NSSUTIL
Expected minimum version: 3.32.1
Version in use: 3.32.1
Experimental Features
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-26, 19:15

andrewt wrote:
2022-11-26, 17:29
The problem seems to have started with an upgrade from v27.9.4 to v31.3.0.1 (gtk2).
Not sure why you stuck with such an old version for so long. It's the issue.

Please read http://developer.palemoon.org/docs/profile-migration/ last paragraph "Older Pale Moon to newer Pale Moon" and upgrade through the watershed version to convert your password store.
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by andrewt » 2022-11-27, 07:26

I will give that migration milestone path a try as soon as I have some free time. I missed that one. Mea culpa.

As to why I've held off upgrading, I find few people in development communities at large are able to grok my reasons. But I'll offer two point that might shed some light.

First is much the same as your efforts to fight against illegal PM distributions: a desire for control, at least in some small areas of my life. I've been burned by upgrades before. That's the main reason I switched to PM in the first place. Modern versions of Firefox are practically incomprehensible to me. I still long for older, more manageable versions of LibreOffice, too.

Second is too philosophical for a brief summary, so I'll just give a reference for you to peruse. Are you familiar with Barry Schwartz's "The Paradox of Choice"? If not, Wikipedia has a summary. A central premise is the differences between maximizers and satisficers. As I've aged, I've become more of the latter, especially as I have much I want to do that does not involve being on the web, or even online. Life's too short, so if it's not broke (for me), I tend not to fix it. Consider it a testament to PM's stability and reliability that v27 worked so well for so long.

I'd offer more, but frankly I'm afraid I'll be flamed for my personal beliefs. I'm already afraid the above may provoke anger, or at least harsh judgement. But if you truly want to understand my approach to upgrades and promise to keep an open mind and not flame me for being "wrong", I might share more. If not, I'll just go away and apply some more burn cream.

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-27, 12:53

Hey I understand resistance to upgrading especially if you've been burnt by it before. However 27.9.4 is over 4 years old (July 2018) and for a web browser exposed to foreign content as par for the course, that really isn't a good idea. if you had stayed semi-current even with the most conservative of strategies you'd have automatically been run through the conversion version, but >4 years is simply outside of the range where we'd keep pinging users to upgrade as it's assumed they explicitly want to run that version for some reason beyond mere resistance to upgrades. As a result, manual watershedding is needed.
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Lucio Chiappetti » 2022-11-27, 19:30

@andrewt I've been skeptical in the past to frequent updates (in general) mainly for the interference with user customized configuration/profiles, but, at least and specially for Pale Moon, I (relatively) recently converted to regular updates. My procedure is: as soon as I see an announcement for an upgrade (and I've read the release notes), I make a backup of the current installation and of my current profile, and wait for the next time the browser asks for permission to update, and reply yes. Runs quickly and smoothly ! :thumbup:
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by RealityRipple » 2022-11-28, 17:13

That mentality is why LTS and ESR's exist, so I'd say actual development communities do (or did at their inception) understand entirely.

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by SemiKebab » 2022-11-28, 19:42

Also encountering the issue, after upgrading to 31.4.0 from the version just before.

I had asked a password to be remembered, and it seems to be actually stored, because on subsequent visits to the website the password field is filled.
However, after I log in, Pale Moon still asks to store the password. Also, I don't see the password in the "Saved Logins" manager.

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-28, 20:00

Are you using private browsing mode? (or have set the browser to "not remember history"?) Because that would result in the behaviour you describe as that data is then not permanently stored and only kept in memory for the session.
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by SemiKebab » 2022-11-28, 20:46

Not using private browsing mode, set to "remember history", and "remember passwords for sites" is checked. I didn't change any settings, the issue happened right after updating. I'm pretty sure it's a regression.

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-28, 20:48

Not sure what would have regressed since we haven't touched password storage or use at all, and it works just fine for me.
Can you provide exact, detailed steps to reproduce?
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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by SemiKebab » 2022-11-28, 21:02

I also had a quick look at the code repositories, and noticed no change related to login storage happened for a while.

For the impacted site, in the History sidebar I just did "forget about this site" to clean things up, and remembered the password again. Now it seems to work fine.
I don't know what had happened before, maybe some rare edge case.

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Re: Browser doesn't save passwords

Unread post by Moonchild » 2022-11-28, 21:17

SemiKebab wrote:
2022-11-28, 21:02
For the impacted site, in the History sidebar I just did "forget about this site" to clean things up, and remembered the password again. Now it seems to work fine.
I don't know what had happened before, maybe some rare edge case.
Good to know that fixed it for you! Perhaps something others can try too if they run into something similar.

Maybe you had multiple duplicate entries in your database, or some strange glitch from old storage migration or something, confusing the password manager.
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