Migrating from Firefox 59.02

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Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby Logos » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 10:26

After losing around four hours of typing and discovering that Lazarus Form Recovery had been disabled at some point with no good equivalent available, I find myself seeking a new browser to try, and Pale Moon is known to me as a browser that is basically Firefox by with less drastic changes over the years.

I have successfully installed Pale Moon, and have managed to migrate my bookmarks by exporting them as html and importing that, but I find my efforts stymied by the importation of my session and history. I am aware that simply dropping the Firefox profile folder in, overwriting Pale Moon's, would likely work but would cause problems from overwriting configuration files. As such, I'd like to simply copy the relevant files.

As nearly as I can tell, this was once stored in sessionCheckpoints.json and sessionstore.js. Unfortunately, it would appear that sessionstore.js has not been written to in roughly a month - more or less when I last updated FF - and when importing the two to Pale Moon it opens a session from around that time. There is also a session.rdf, which was associated with an addon, but that appears to have stopped being written to at the same time. Meanwhile, I am quite unsure where the history is being saved.

As both of these are fairly important to me for properly comparing the two browsers before switching, I'd like to ask for help. Where can I look to find the files containing the current session of Firefox and its history?

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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 17:43

Firefox Profiles are no longer completely (barely) compatible with Pale Moon in a very serious way as of Firefox 55.. but the problems have been steadily growing for a long time now.. DO NOT just dump a Firefox profile and expect Pale Moon to function correctly...

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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby Thehandyman1957 » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 17:51

Perhaps you could use FEBE to port those items? :think:
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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 18:36

How? How are they gonna run FEBE? It isn't a webextension and never can be..
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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby gracious1 » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 18:52

Thehandyman1957 wrote:Perhaps you could use FEBE to port those items? :think:

FEBE will not work past Fx 56 as it is a XUL browser extension, not a Web Exetension.
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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby gracious1 » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 19:03

Logos wrote:As both of these are fairly important to me for properly comparing the two browsers before switching, I'd like to ask for help. Where can I look to find the files containing the current session of Firefox and its history?


According to Mozilla Support:
The places.sqlite file contains all your Firefox bookmarks and lists of all the files you've downloaded and websites you’ve visited.

and
The sessionstore.jsonlz4 file stores the currently open tabs and windows.


You could try to see if copying these files will help, although I do not know what results you will get or whether you will break Pale Moon, so be careful! :!: Additionally, I do not know how to extract only the browsing history from places.sqlite without getting the file-download history and the bookmarks (which you already transferred).
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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 19:15

Mozilla support doesn't have much of a concept of Pale Moon.. Firefox profiles are incompatible. End of story.

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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby Thehandyman1957 » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 19:30

gracious1 wrote:
Thehandyman1957 wrote:Perhaps you could use FEBE to port those items? :think:

FEBE will not work past Fx 56 as it is a XUL browser extension, not a Web Exetension.


Ahh yea, I missed that. Thx :oops:
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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby SpockFan02 » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 21:22

Cmd+Shift+D to save all tabs as bookmarks in a folder, export as HTML and import into Pale Moon, right-click the folder and select Open All in Tabs—Session moved.

As for browsing history, I'm not sure, but there's probably a way.

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Re: Migrating from Firefox 59.02

Unread postby New Tobin Paradigm » Sun, 08 Apr 2018, 23:43

There is no supported way to transfer history from Firefox.


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